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40" A530 or 37" A550?

x10
02-25-2009, 12:39 PM
Here's the deal, I bought a LN37A550 at BestBuy last night...got an open box deal (everything was there and the screen looks great) 899.99 + tax....then I made the mistake of going to walmart and noticed that they have a 40" LN40A530 for the same price and brand new...

So I guess basically my question is, besides the sound quality, is there any reason I shouldnt return the 37" A550 to get a bigger 40" A530?

Thank you all in advance!

Bigloww
02-25-2009, 01:04 PM
A530 new no question.. 3 more inches for one reason and not an open box.. Unless you can look in the menu and see how many hours are on it the open box.. But I still would probably go with the 40''..

PFC5
02-25-2009, 03:33 PM
I agree. Get the new and bigger display for the same money.

Kcgreatfox
02-25-2009, 04:35 PM
Get the bigger one!!! No one's ever complained that their their TV is too big!!! :lol:

You'll be glad you did

x10
02-26-2009, 09:18 AM
Well I was very lucky....I called about 15 walmarts and I was able to find 1 in all of western Pennsylvania that had a new one left (all others were displays)...I got it and to be quite honest...it has better PQ than the a550....both were "A" panels...but for some reason the a550 looked grainy...

I am in love with the new TV :bowdown:

thanks for all the replies!!

newtodef
02-26-2009, 09:24 AM
I had the 530 from walmart and it was junk, motion blur, backlight bleed, funny localized screen flicker. Keep the 550 I have only heard good things about them. I was also told by a repair guy that walmarts tv's have lower grade parts, thats why they can sell them cheaper than other stores. I guess they get so many alotted to them that have the lower grade parts so they get a good bulk deal. I was at my friends house when the guy was servicing his tv and he had to know where he got the tv because it has a different part number if it's sold at walmart. May not be true but having owned two walmart tv's and both were junk I would say not to buy from them.

daleb
02-26-2009, 11:43 AM
Well, I got a TV stand at Wally World for half the price of a ZLine stand...that looked identical.
It had 'Home Trends' on the box. When I opened it has ZLine on the manual. In fact the model number was only different because the Walmart one has WM in the number, the other WF I believe.
If the other one is $200 more I would like to know where they hid that extra money. Maybe there is a half a gold coin buried somewhere in the frame?

I don't see the the gain in setting up another production line to save a few pennies on component parts and sell them to Walmart, etc...I know Costco also has specific models sold through them, but the differences tend to be features or number of inputs, etc. But I guess anything is possible. I have to agree, WM would not be my first choice for electronics. You can get close to their prices on Amazon, etc. But if it looks good, run Avia on it to calibrate it and enjoy!

SMT
02-26-2009, 01:05 PM
Actually you would be quite surprised at what Walmart has for electronics, especially if you have a Super Walmart near you. And besideds the 530, 330 series from Samsung are not Walmart exclusive, they are sold at Best buy, Sears and the likes. And it's not like Samsung and Sony ship these parts to Walmart and thene the Walmart crew is assembling these TV's. I've never understand this whole "If you buy it at Walmart it's cheap (poorly made)" If it's the same product then yes I got it cheap as in less expensive.
Walmart was the first store to sell Dell computers when they decided to go retail, also they sell all the I-Phones etc. I'm telling ya Walmart is no joke now a days, not the same store for electroncs as 10 years ago.

daleb
02-26-2009, 01:23 PM
You are correct the A530 IS a standard Samsung model.

http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/detail.do?group=televisions&type=televisions&subtype=lcdtv&model_cd=LN40A530P1FXZA

E55 KEV
02-26-2009, 02:01 PM
The Samsung LN40A530 is also $899.99 at Best Buy and Sears. It was $799 at both 2 weeks ago. The 2009 LN40B530 is now at Best Buy for $899.99.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9230691&productCategoryId=abcat0101001&type=product&id=1218063829730

http://images.bestbuy.com/BestBuy_US/images/products/9230/9230691_sa.jpg

daleb
02-26-2009, 03:33 PM
$899 is MSRP.

newtodef
02-26-2009, 05:30 PM
Im not saying they are sent the parts and put together at walmart, they are made for walmart by the mfg at a lower rate than they would for best buy or other retailers, they are able to do this with cheaper parts. Also I never said that the 530 was a walmart exclusive, but if costco has the same tv with different inputs then would it be so crazy for walmart to order tv's with low grade parts so they can sell more? Also my comment was not made to be taken as the gospel, I was repeating what I was told by a repair tech that deals a lot with broken walmart tv's. I hope for the sake of the op that tech was wrong or biased and maybe I just got a crappy set,.

daleb
02-26-2009, 05:48 PM
Im not saying they are sent the parts and put together at walmart, they are made for walmart by the mfg at a lower rate than they would for best buy or other retailers, they are able to do this with cheaper parts. Also I never said that the 530 was a walmart exclusive, but if costco has the same tv with different inputs then would it be so crazy for walmart to order tv's with low grade parts so they can sell more? Also my comment was not made to be taken as the gospel, I was repeating what I was told by a repair tech that deals a lot with broken walmart tv's. I hope for the sake of the op that tech was wrong or biased and maybe I just got a crappy set,.

What would distinguish the same model being delivered to different stores? No one is saying what you suggested never happens, but there does not seem to be a basis for it in this case. Some Costco brands have a different model number designation. But not all!

daleb
02-26-2009, 05:51 PM
Im not saying they are sent the parts and put together at walmart, they are made for walmart by the mfg at a lower rate than they would for best buy or other retailers, they are able to do this with cheaper parts. Also I never said that the 530 was a walmart exclusive, but if costco has the same tv with different inputs then would it be so crazy for walmart to order tv's with low grade parts so they can sell more? Also my comment was not made to be taken as the gospel, I was repeating what I was told by a repair tech that deals a lot with broken walmart tv's. I hope for the sake of the op that tech was wrong or biased and maybe I just got a crappy set,.

No one is saying what you suggested never happens, but there does not seem to be a basis for it in this case.
The Costco models I referred to DO have something different from a standard model number to distinguish them. Again, not every model they sell is unique in that way.