With the soundbar included - sounds like a really good deal.
I'm not sure I can claim the free 3D glasses when buying the TV with the free soundbar. Curiously, the free 3D glasses are not mentioned in the 50GT50 listing with the free soundbar, but are included in the listing without the soundbar (which is also £1,199).
Since Panasonic's 3D glasses redemption offer is extrinsic to store processes, it should still be possible to claim. A quick call to John Lewis is in order to confirm...
I did a price match at £1206 and managed to get the glasses thrown in too. So definitely worth trying. TotalDigitalbiz down to £1125 now. That is the place I price match with.
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TotalDigitalbiz advertising two pairs of glasses at £1125 with the 50GT50.
Rgbdirect doing the GT50 for £1179 plus the glasses and plus the sound bar - that sounds like the one to price match with.
I think both prices are for in-store purchase only (and I'm not local to either store). I'm not sure John Lewis would price match on that basis. What was your experience?
I'm waiting for John Lewis to call me back about the free glasses with the soundbar. I think £1,199 might be as good as it gets for the moment. (I could wait and see if prices go down after Christmas/New Year, once details of 2013 models are publicised.)
I got my V20 for a stunningly good price, but that was in March 2011, just before the GT30 and VT30 hit the stores. The bargain hunter in me is insisting on patience. I'll see what John Lewis say when they call me back and have a good ponder. With the five year warranty included, £1,199 is still an excellent price.
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John Lewis will price match when there is an actual shop. And RGBDirect and TotalDigital both have shops. My local shop was John Lewis Milton Keynes and that is who I phoned, and they done the price match no problem. Instore price is the one they price match with. Could just phone the Milton Keynes one, I have phoned other branches before.
John Lewis will price match if the competing shop is within 8 miles of its radius:
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Ours just price matches as long as there is an actual shop. They started doing this not last year but the year before. I have price matched with Prcdirect and TotalDigital, and both of them are miles away from Milton Keynes, all they ask is this an actual shop, not an Internet shop? They then take about a day to phone them up and confirm the price. They don't ask about the miles thing any more. This was in the paper too at the time they introduced it.
I can but ask. If distance isn't a factor, the 50GT50 is available from HiWay HiFi for £1,099 (without soundbar). I'd be perfectly happy with the TV and glasses from John Lewis for that price.
Good spot! Go for that one. Nice one.
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