Yup...I went ahead and made the purchase.
The adventure of making the purchase had to start the previous week. The problem here is the shop did not accept foreign credit cards...and the price for a TV of this nature is in the 10's of thousands of reminbi...quite a stack of cash to stuff into the wallet. So, I spoke with the accounting girls in the office and decided I could drop a load of cash into my small savings account, of which we have an atm card for, and then buy the TV that way. Cool. So, on Friday they made the transaction with the bank, through the office, and on Monday the $$$ would be available for use.
I also had someone in the office call the woman who helped us and talk to her about the TV, confirming the price and what came with it and also telling her when I would be in to pick one up. The woman in the shop spoke no English...which was OK, because I speak no Chinese.
So, I headed over to the shop, which is located in the electronics market district of the city. It's an incredible place of shop after shop of stereos, TV's, mobile phones, gaming, etc. I headed up the stairs and found the TV. I then had to find Miss Liu, who was helping me before. So, I asked a guy for her and he went out and found her. We struggled to discuss the transaction and I eventually had to call a colleague for translation help once again. It took nearly 45 minutes for us to figure out what I was buying and when I wanted it.
Once I made the purchase, I was told I would have to wait about 90 minutes while they retrieved the TV from the warehouse and brought to the shop. Not a problem...the market is so vast, its a blast to walk around and explore.
After 90 minutes, the TV arrived. They opened the box so I could see it...plug it in and do some stuff with the picture, color, etc., so I could see that it works. Most importantly, they changed the menu language to English for me.
Once I got this bad boy home, it quickly became apparent that it was WAY too good for our lousy stolen satellite reception and cable tv in the complex. Playing DVD movies in it is very good...look fantastic as a matter of fact. I also threw in an NFL football game that I downloaded the other week that was in HD...it was phenomenal! Ohh...I can't wait until I see more hockey games in HD on this thing.
So...Happy Christmas to me, as it came early this year for me.