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Not as described
on September 15, 2011
I ordered this lamp based on the sellers description as cut and pasted from above:
# Original Part, not aftermarket
# Brand New Original Lamp 1 Year Warranty, Limited Stock, Free Standard Shipping (Cont. US)
# Brand New! Not Recycled! Not Refurbished!
The lamp arrived in an aftermarket box with a "Made in Taiwan" sticker on the top. You can tell a recycled housing as the aluminum will always have scratch marks on the left hand side. This is a result of it being inserted in the TV slot that holds it. There are metal "fingers" that rub the side as it is inserted. This housing not only had the telltale scratch pattern, but also contains a generic bulb as can be seen through the vent holes in the chassis.
A rebuilt unit will also have a nut securing the wire to the back of the bulb. An original part will be soldered on. This unit has the nut on it. It's an obvious bait and switch, and not a very good one at that.
This one is going back to the seller immediately. Do yourself a favor and skip this one. There's a reason it is half the cost of a true new unit made by Panasonic.