I'm also looking at the 60U. The price is right (@$1300 at some online vendors with good ratings).
Is it still a wise decision to also purchase the after market warantees when buying a plasma? Do the newer plasma's still suffer from issues that will need warantee work within 2 years?
Or is it worth it to buy from a local store (@$300-500 more) where you can bring it back easily if/when something goes wrong.
We've all been burned at one time or another by return policies (e.g. high restocking fees, buyer pays all freight, claims that it was never received, etc.). I only wish Costco carried this model.