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Philips blowing out 50-inch plasmas for less than a grand

Budget brands like Vizio are serving up 50-inch plasmas for around $1,500. But lo and behold, Philips has got a deal running at its outlet store on a few 50-inchers.

Philips is selling refurbished 50-inch plasmas at its outlet store. Philips

Budget brands like Vizio are serving up 50-inch plasmas for around $1,500. But lo and behold, Philips has a deal running at its outlet store on a few 50-inchers, the lowest priced at $949.99 when you apply the $150 instant rebate coupon code. Impressively, shipping is only $29.99.

But there's a catch (isn't there always a catch on great deal?). The plasma models Philips is selling are refurbished units. Also--and not surprisingly--they're last year's models. Philips lists the eligible models as:

Amazon is selling a new 50PF7321D/37B for $350 more. The question is, would you take a chance on a refurb unit--or is a semi-used TV just a bad idea? Thoughts?

P.S. While we didn't review any of these models, we did review the 42-inch version in the 9431D line. It did OK.