Though I have read these forums for a while I have never posted so I apologize in advance if I have tread on forum conventions.
I unsuccessfully tried to negotiate with one of the local BB's here in Raleigh, NC today for three items:
Samsung PN64F8500 (Retail $3,399.98)
Panasonic TC-P50ST60 (Retail $999.99)
Martin Logan Motion Vision Soundbar (Retail $1,499.98)
I attempted a 2 forked approach: 1) simple negotiation for 20% off the whole package, which is loosely based on prices I have seen some folks here able to negotiate with their BBs, and 2) when that failed I tried to get them to price match the 8500 with East Coast TV.
The only thing they were willing to negotiate on at all was the Soundbar, which they were willing to do 20% off. They said they could not negotiate at all on the TVs due to manufacturer agreements that basically forbade them to do so (I forget the acronym they used EDIT: unilateral pricing policy) and of course East Coast is not on their price match list.
I did not expect to get 20% but I was disappointed they were unwilling to discuss price on the TVs at all, and going away with the Soundbar by itself was not what I had in mind so I politely walked.
I may try another BB in the area or the HH Gregg next week, or I may just wait.
Thanks to everyone here who has posted information - it has made this journey easier and more fun.