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Why You Don't Need an Extended Warranty

 
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Do you get extended warranties?
  Always, always, always!
  Depends on the item.
  Depends on how long I plan to keep the item.
  No way! Complete rip off!
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Jerry Raia
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:00 pm    Post subject: Why You Don't Need an Extended Warranty Reply with quote

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/...ranty-11-06.htm

"This holiday season, shoppers are expected to spend a whopping $1.6 billion on extended warranties for laptops, flat-screen TVs, other electronics, and appliances. And almost all of it will be money down the drain. Retailers are pushing hard to get you to buy extended warranties, or service plans, because they're cash cows. Stores keep 50 percent or more of what they charge for warranties. That's more than they can make selling actual products."



Ekkie Tepsupornchai over at Pocket PC Thoughts has done a great post about an issue I love to talk about. Extended warranties. Usually the only time I get these things is for laptops and monitors. Over the years and 4 laptops later I have never used them. To be fair though, I never have had a laptop for more than 2 years. I used to have a 21" CRT that failed after 6 months. I had a contract, walked right into Fry's and they gave me a brand new one, no questions or hassles. How do you feel about extended warranties? I would never consider one for a Smartphone.

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crispeto
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just use my Amex Blue which extends the Manufacturers warranty for another year so most things are covered for 2 yrs. Most major credit card companies do this.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you buy a lot of electronics, but never (EVER) get the warranty, you are, in essence, insuring yourself. That is, take the money you would have spent on all of the warranties, and it's probably more than enough to pay for all of the products that have ever failed on you.

Considering that most extended warranties do not cover damage (i.e., they only cover defects), it's the best way to go.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only buy them when they explicitly say that the cover accidental damage, like dropping them. I make the salesperson show me where it is written in the contract. If they cant show me, then I dont get it.
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