A new promotion offering two free pairs of 3D glasses with purchase of select 2011 Samsung 3D TVs began June 28 and will run through August 13.
Since the glasses normally cost $50 each, the promotion is pretty tempting for 3D fans. No other 2011
This new Samsung offer has more strings attached than the company's, however.
The new press release states: "Consumers purchasing qualified 2011 3D TVs from participating authorized retailers will receive two pairs of 3D active glasses (model
The old offer, which expired June 25, applied to any Samsung 2011 3D TV, all the way down to the relatively inexpensive 43-inch
The old offer was also, where buyers who qualified yet still didn't receive their glasses from the retailer could apply to get them directly from Samsung. The new offer specifically excludes any such backup. According to the new release:
Please note that while Samsung has in the past provided a fulfillment Web site to cover consumers who did not receive glasses at retail, this will no longer apply for the new promotion. For purchases made on or after June 28, 2011, Samsung will not be fulfilling free glasses directly to consumers--the free glasses must be provided by the retailer at point of purchase.
Higher-end Samsung models, namely the PND6500 (and up) series plasmas and UND7000 (and up) series LED-based LCDs will continue to qualify, according to the company rep, for a: "3D Starter Kit (SSG-3100M), which includes two pairs of 3D active glasses, the complete 'Shrek' collection on 3D Blu-ray (four discs), and 'Megamind 3D' on Blu-ray. Customers already receiving this starter kit with a step-up TV model will not be eligible for the new promotion."
Bottom line: If you want your two free pairs of Samsung active 3D glasses, buy the TV from an authorized Samsung retailer you trust--one with a solid return policy for TVs--and make sure to verify that you'll be getting the glasses before you make your purchase.