Well, I went ahead and got the Aquos today. Sears had a sale. After tax and shit it came out to about $120 more than if I bought it online and had my mother ship it from the mainland. For $120, I got it today (not 2 weeks) and in one piece, in my hands -- not a bad deal. A couple of comments though.
1: WTF happened w/ store warranties? I was going to pick one up, but they wanted $359.99 for a 3 year store warranty. If it was $150, I'd do it, but $360 is like 20% of the TV. Not worth it IMHO.
2: As the guy put it in my ride, he said, "don't lay it back or put it on it's side, as you might damage it. It's like that w/ Plasma and LCD". I knew (or heard anyway) that Plasma can't be put on their their sides less they be screwed up, but LCD is fully rotatable, no? I plan on putting this sucker on it's side for a fair bit of the time. I had an LCD monitor I left on it's side (at work, for an internal application) for about 8 months, and had absolutely no problem whatsoever. Someone at Shmups told me LCD is fine like that, but Plasma will eventually get all effed up. Anyone w/ some experience, expertise on the subject care to comment?