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Transporting my new Plasma

airwavexiii
11-28-2006, 04:48 PM
The new plasma I just purchaced the other day came into the store for pick up. The problem is its too big to fit in my truck, the sales guy said it wouldnt be a problem to angle the box in to get it home and then just let it sit for a while before plugging it in. I live about a half hour from the store. Is this safe to do?? I know they must be transported upright but is that just because of the way it is packaged or will it dammage the actual tv inside??

BamaPanda
11-28-2006, 04:54 PM
The new plasma I just purchaced the other day came into the store for pick up. The problem is its too big to fit in my truck, the sales guy said it wouldnt be a problem to angle the box in to get it home and then just let it sit for a while before plugging it in. I live about a half hour from the store. Is this safe to do?? I know they must be transported upright but is that just because of the way it is packaged or will it dammage the actual tv inside??

NO. again I say NO.
PDP's have to stay upright. It may be that they could be angled a bit, and you could get away with it, but I would never try it. If any of the plasma cells busted - warranty would probably be zilch.

airwavexiii
11-28-2006, 05:05 PM
How can you tell if they are busted?? Does the picture get messed up?? Is it just that the way it is packaged has no support for the tv on its side and thats what dammages it?? Would it be safer to take the tv out of the box and wrap it in bubble wrap and lay it on its side?

BamaPanda
11-28-2006, 06:04 PM
I guess you can tell when there is no color in one or more pixels.
The packaging should have a warning against laying it on its side. It matters not how it is wrapped.
A few stories.
Some of the first PDP's I saw shipped actually had a device in them to indicate if it was ever laid flat, thus voiding the warranty.
There was a truckload of PDP's a few years back to one of the box chains. They were all shipped flat, stacked. The chain refused shipment. I don't know who ate that - the mfg. or the trucking co.
When PDP's first came out - they were pictured in a commercial on a ceiling. I think it was Phillips. They learned really quick that folks could not hang them horizontally - when the ones hung like that developed a big black hole (no color) in the middle where the plasma cells/pixels burst when the panel bent under it's own weight.

That said - it might be OK to angle one for shipment - but I would never do it. Can you imagine a bunch of plasma pixel cells broken because of that rough set of tracks that you went over. :eek: