I'm very sorry for the experience you've had thus far. You seem to be informed of what I'd tell you, so I won't be redundant. However, I would like to say that we can refer you to an authorized service center to perform any needed repairs. Because your warranty has expired, you would be responsible for the cost of any such repairs. If you would like to receive quotes on service/labor from an Authorized Service Center near you, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/us/support/service/location
I've come to the end of the road with the Samsung customer service so I'm hoping the Samsung Online Brand Ambassador can help me find resolution to my issue. I purchased a 56" DLP in April of 2008. I also purchased the store's 5 year extended warranty, which expired April of 2012. About week ago, I noticed 2 white dots on the screen and didn't think much of it. Currently, I have about 20 white dots and 20 black dots. I spoke with Customer service yesterday and explained what happened. The tech I spoke with explained that there was nothing they can do since the TV was out of manufacturing warranty in 2009 and it seemed to be a wear and tear issue. I explained that I was disappointed because this was my first experience with Samsung TV. I've always been loyal to Sony but was really sold on the picture quality of the Samsung. Five years (almost 6, to be fair) we have a TV that is flawed. The tech transferred me over to an executive tech. I explained the situation to this tech; she did a bit of research and came back with a too bad so sad type answer. Before I hung up I asked the tech if she was willing to hang up knowing that I thought Samsung TV only had a 5 year shelf life. She didn't seem to care to change my mind.
I'm hoping that the Samsung Brand Ambassador cares more about the reputation of the Samsung Brand than the tech I spoke with. After hanging up I did a bit of research myself. It seems the digital micromirror device is the issue. I also found the part retailing for $149.99. I think it's safe to estimate labor will cost another $150. Total cost of repair should be around $300. I think the reputation of your brand is way worth more than the $300 this will cost you to fix. Will you be willing to go to bat for me?