As far as Samsung is concerned,their new policy for 0 dead pixels stand only for monitors THEY sold after January the 1st. So if you are purchasing a monitor from a second or third party vendor,consider that if HE bought it BEFORE January the 1st,your 0 pixel warranty and his are worth scrap. For instance i'm a vendor and i bought 20 lcd's at 20th December,i cannot give the warranty for 0 dead pixels,because it was put in action on January the 1st. I was surprised by this move,but considering how big corporation Samsung is,i should not have been. They are protecting their interests,but the consumers should be protected the same way. I mean who wants to buy something defective,and dead pixel is by and category a defect,an irreparble one. http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200412/200412300018.html "Updated Dec.30,2004 18:12 KST Samsung Guarantees Zero Defective Pixels in LCD Monitors Samsung Electronics announced Thursday that from Jan. 1, customers who discover defective pixels on an LCD monitor produced by the company less than six months after its purchase may have the panel replaced free of charge. An LCD monitor is made up of hundreds of thousands of tiny pixels. Manufacturers have classified products with 10 or less defective pixels as "normal" and refused to repair or exchange them, which led to complaints from customers. Samsung added, however, that the free exchanges do not apply to customers who purchased their LCD monitors before Jan. 1. (email@example.com ) "