Just thought I'd follow up to say thanks and share a story:
Dropped the TV off at local repair shop
They took a week to diagnose the issue after taking $30 cash and saying they'd get back to me in 24-48 hours.
They only got to it once I asked why they were taking so long
They wanted $345 to fix it (can get a comparable brand new TV for $100-$150 more)
Got quotes from 3 other places all between $200-$225
Told the shop I didnt want it fixed. Too expensive. Explained all of the above.
When I got to the shop to pick it up and take elsewhere, he refused to give me the TV back, said he had already fixed it.
I had expressly told him no.
Had to call cops.
He was a dick to me but sucked up to cops.
Settled for $245, and he said i was ripping him off on the parts alone, which cost as much as he charged me. I showed him this link: http://www.tvparts4less.com/index.ph...e-service.html
And he said it wasn't real. He also said that Panasonic, LG, Vizio, etc LCDTV comparables that I showed him were not "real TVs".
Best quote was him telling the police officer, when I said I had other quotes, he says "but that's not how this business works. These shops will say anything to get your TV in there but then they'll find something else wrong and/or charge you double the quote".
The cop nodded along with him.
Apparently cops and crooked repair shop guys are immune to crushing irony.
Anyway, here's hoping he didnt rig the set to blow up in a week.