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[Best Buy] Gibby's: Panasonic 55" ST Plasma TV TCP55ST50 $1348, PM FS $1323 or BB $1283

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Panasonic ST50 HDTVs are the best in the market... you won't regret.
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Looks like the 65" has gone up in price at Gibby's.
I tried to get Future Shop to price match but ran into TWO problems. Gibby's price was done and Future Shop didn't have any in stock.

What crappy luck! lol

Hopefully stock appears for Superbowl sales and Gibby's drops the price again. (Or someone does)
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Pranman wrote:
Jan 4th, 2013 10:11 am
Looks like the 65" has gone up in price at Gibby's.
I tried to get Future Shop to price match but ran into TWO problems. Gibby's price was done and Future Shop didn't have any in stock.

What crappy luck! lol

Hopefully stock appears for Superbowl sales and Gibby's drops the price again. (Or someone does)

For those still looking for Panny ST50 series tvs - try Trutone electronics in Mississauga (dundas/tomken).
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Still a decent deal for those who want (insert item of choice) now and cant time travel...
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... you have no idea what the heck you're talking about. If you ever owned a real ... maybe you'd learn to appreciate them and not make useless statements.
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molexir wrote:
Jan 4th, 2013 11:01 am
For those still looking for Panny ST50 series tvs - try Trutone electronics in Mississauga (dundas/tomken).
I did check them out. Thanks.
But there price is $2500. Compared to Gibby's who had it down to $2300 just till day before yesterday. Future Shop has it for $2800 which would've meant it would've costed me $2250 after pricematch. So I don't really want to pay an extra $250 for it. So I'm going to just try and wait it out.
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Pranman wrote:
Jan 4th, 2013 11:30 am
I did check them out. Thanks.
But there price is $2500. Compared to Gibby's who had it down to $2300 just till day before yesterday. Future Shop has it for $2800 which would've meant it would've costed me $2250 after pricematch. So I don't really want to pay an extra $250 for it. So I'm going to just try and wait it out.
You can wait as long as you want, but the stock on these is pretty much down to zero. Panasonic ended production for 2012 a while ago, and Future Shop and Best Buy are not getting more shipments. Whatever is left on the market - this is it, until 2013 start coming in...
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molexir wrote:
Jan 4th, 2013 11:01 am
For those still looking for Panny ST50 series tvs - try Trutone electronics in Mississauga (dundas/tomken).
Good store, bought the 60" ut50 there for my dad while they have extra 2yrs warranty.
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Tommy74 wrote:
Jan 4th, 2013 12:00 pm
You can wait as long as you want, but the stock on these is pretty much down to zero. Panasonic ended production for 2012 a while ago, and Future Shop and Best Buy are not getting more shipments. Whatever is left on the market - this is it, until 2013 start coming in...
Well I don't mind checking the 2013 models out. There is some big stuff due to be released at CES in a week or so too.
I'm not in a hurry by any means. So I can wait it out for a bit.

I really like the ST50, but I'm also possibly considering the LG 60LM7200. The biggest draw of the LG is the passive 3D which i prefer A LOT over the Active.
So if the ST50 never comes in stock then I'll go for the LG. I'll lose 5 inches (no 65" in LG) but the LG is about $200 cheaper than the Panasonic for the same size (60").
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Pranman wrote:
Jan 4th, 2013 12:31 pm
Well I don't mind checking the 2013 models out. There is some big stuff due to be released at CES in a week or so too.
I'm not in a hurry by any means. So I can wait it out for a bit.

I really like the ST50, but I'm also possibly considering the LG 60LM7200. The biggest draw of the LG is the passive 3D which i prefer A LOT over the Active.
So if the ST50 never comes in stock then I'll go for the LG. I'll lose 5 inches (no 65" in LG) but the LG is about $200 cheaper than the Panasonic for the same size (60").
If past history is any indication of availability, once the ST50 run out, the new 2013 models won't be generally available until August/Sept in Canada. They will get released first in the US a few months earlier but demand will out strip supply causing shortages all over the place.
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I'm debating on if I should keep the 55ST50 or return it and wait for the 2013 model that was announced at CES this week.
The replacement 55ST60 will be out in April (can pre-order it from Panasonic now)

2013 adds a few new gadgets, highlights are:
* voice guidance and voice interaction
* swipe and share (airplay type app)
* built in camera
* comes with 2 pairs of 3D glasses

MSRP at $1599

http://asia.cnet.com/panasonic-st60-pla ... a+Crave%29

I can wait until April, as I'm in no urgent need of a new TV. Thoughts?
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starR wrote:
Jan 11th, 2013 11:59 am
I'm debating on if I should keep the 55ST50 or return it and wait for the 2013 model that was announced at CES this week.
The replacement 55ST60 will be out in April (can pre-order it from Panasonic now)

2013 adds a few new gadgets, highlights are:
* voice guidance and voice interaction
* swipe and share (airplay type app)
* built in camera
* comes with 2 pairs of 3D glasses

MSRP at $1599

http://asia.cnet.com/panasonic-st60-pla ... a+Crave%29

I can wait until April, as I'm in no urgent need of a new TV. Thoughts?
For me personally, none of that extra stuff matters, so I'd keep your current one. If it matters to you, though, go for it.
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starR wrote:
Jan 11th, 2013 11:59 am
I'm debating on if I should keep the 55ST50 or return it and wait for the 2013 model that was announced at CES this week.
The replacement 55ST60 will be out in April (can pre-order it from Panasonic now)

MSRP at $1599

http://asia.cnet.com/panasonic-st60-pla ... a+Crave%29

I can wait until April, as I'm in no urgent need of a new TV. Thoughts?
Never seen a new TV model in Canada by April, more like July at the earliest. Sure, you can pre-order it, but also, why pay MSRP?! People bought the ST50 for 1399, sometimes less, and new model is bound to be even cheaper than this year's model.
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Agree with lingenfelter7. The 2012s were made available in the US 2-3 months before Canada. I bet the 2013s, if slated for US release in April, we won't see them up here till June at the earliest.

Something that'll be of interest to GT50 owners, the 2013 lineup removes the GT and adds the ZT (a step up from the VT) and what they did was remove THX certification from the new VT60, now only the ultra high-end ZT60 is THX certified. So if/when our GT50s conk out (if still under warranty), guess what they'll be replaced with....the ZT60. My old G15 was under FutureShop's PSP and when it died it was initially going to be replaced with the ST50 but they instead replaced it with the GT50 only because of the THX certification. Of course, don't go hoping your set dies, but if it does....well. ;)
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starR wrote:
Jan 11th, 2013 11:59 am
I'm debating on if I should keep the 55ST50 or return it and wait for the 2013 model that was announced at CES this week.
The replacement 55ST60 will be out in April (can pre-order it from Panasonic now)

2013 adds a few new gadgets, highlights are:
* voice guidance and voice interaction
* swipe and share (airplay type app)
* built in camera
* comes with 2 pairs of 3D glasses

MSRP at $1599

http://asia.cnet.com/panasonic-st60-pla ... a+Crave%29

I can wait until April, as I'm in no urgent need of a new TV. Thoughts?
How much did you pay for your 55ST50? Expect the MSRP of the ST60 to be a few hundred more in Canada than the US MSRP. If those features interest you and you're willing to pay more for it, then wait it out. As far as performance, the ST60 won't be much better than the ST50... it won't be as big of a jump as it was from 2011->2012. The ST60 and even the VT60 use the same base panel as the 2012 models, but with some relatively minor improvements. Avjunkie at highdefjunkies said this is more of a refresh line, with exception of the ZT60, which is a new panel and will have kuro-like performance.
Rob76 wrote:
Jan 11th, 2013 1:32 pm
Something that'll be of interest to GT50 owners, the 2013 lineup removes the GT and adds the ZT (a step up from the VT) and what they did was remove THX certification from the new VT60, now only the ultra high-end ZT60 is THX certified. So if/when our GT50s conk out (if still under warranty), guess what they'll be replaced with....the ZT60. My old G15 was under FutureShop's PSP and when it died it was initially going to be replaced with the ST50 but they instead replaced it with the GT50 only because of the THX certification. Of course, don't go hoping your set dies, but if it does....well. ;)
The VT60 is still THX certified and still very much the same as the VT50... same ISF controls, THX certification etc. with some minor improvements. Some sites excluded THX certification from the specs, but it's listed on the Panasonic site now.

If your GT50 dies, I'd bet my car that they won't give you a ZT60... probably an ST60, even if the VT60 wasn't THX certified. The G series has always been closer to the S series than the V series as far as feature set and picture quality, let alone the new (re)introduced Z series. The ZT60 will probably cost upwards of $3500 (even more in Canada). You'd be lucky to talk them into giving you a VT60 as a replacement.
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