Posted: Apr 28, 2008 9:30 am
I bought some off-brand one (Akai) at Sam's Club in 2007 and it crapped out in about 8 months. I took it back to Sam's and they refunded my $$$ in full, no questions asked (well, a couple questions, but no arguing). TVs had really come down in price over those 8 months so I was able to buy a name brand (Phillips) one and still had money left over for a bunch of steaks.
I guess the point is, get one from Sam's or Costco because they have the best return policy / customer satisfaction. and typically you'll save enough right off the bat to cover the membership fee.
also, those Vizio ones seem pretty good. My local watering hole has two of them, they have been turned on 12-20 hours a day, 7 days a week for the last two years without fail.