TLDR: RICHER SOUND SALES STAFF ARE FULL OF SHIT! DO NOT TRUST THEM!
So i went to RS today, having read all the reviews i had decided on a Samsung 32" F5000 model as i dont require any smart TV features and it was supposed to have the best picture of all the competition in that price range.
Before heading into town i called the store to check they had stock, the guy on the phone was very freindly and informed me that yes they had stock and had a 42" f5000 on display so i could check out the interface etc... He then said they had other models in that size i could take a look at including a Toshiba... v0v fair enough me thinks, into town i head!
When i got to the store and looked at the TV's i instantly noticed the samsungs seemed really washed out compared to the other brands panels, given that all the reviews vaunted that TV's depth and colour reproduction way above any of its competitors this really didnt seem right, i chatted to the sales guys who again brought up this Toshiba TV, it didn't look anywhere near as good as any of the Sony, LG or Panasonic screens but was a hell of a lot cheaper (only £10 more than the F5000 but with smart TV features so not a bad deal).
At this point my spidy sense started tingling so i decided to pop down the road to Currys where i knew that had most 32" models lined up so as to facilitate comparisons. Lo and behold the Samsung lined up next to the LG and the Toshiba and it completely blew them away!!!
So at this point i think it was fairly obvious that something dodgy has been going down at Richer Sounds. Everyone knows Tosiba's are shit and for a lower end product their price was not especially competitive. Clearly the Toshiba has the big markup and big sales commision! So they must have **** with the colour settings to push people away from the very popular and probably very low mark-up Samsung.
But i'm not the vindictive sort and the Samsung was £20 cheaper at Richer sounds so back up the road i go to claim my Technological bounty. I walk right up to the sales desk and ask to purchase a Samsung UE32F5000, the guy checks his computer and says yeah we have that in stock no problem, however first can i show you this REALLY good Toshiba we have?
At that point i lost my shit and flew into a tirade about sales staff and abuse of trust. Then went back to Currys and gave them my money.