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    Nay. Odds are even if you needed it the paperwork would be lost. Or worse some companies make it very hard to collect. They are happy to take your money but count on not providing the warranty service.

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    I have bought exactly ONE extended warranty and that was because the Samsung rear projection TV was an open floor model at a deep discount. Although it came with a full warranty I opted to pay another $200+. Come to think of it... it's about time to replace that $200 lamp...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DWThomas View Post
    Nay Most electronic stuff that fails goes in the "infant mortality" stage or else after a long, long time of use. The normal warranty should cover the infant mortality problem, and by the time the end of life stuff hits, you'll have been looking for an excuse to replace it anyway.

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    What he said. Absolutely right. Consumers Reports strongly advises against these warentees.

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    Depends

    We deal with etended warranty stuff all the time in the marine industry. Granted, boats get used a lot more energetically than a camera and the average minor repair bill for our shop was over $600US. Lots of people had extended warranties. SOme were "bought from the company". (Mercury Volvo, BRP, etc...) None of the bought from the company warranties were actually through the manufacturer. It was a third party who pays a hefty fee to use the name. Most manufacturer extended warranties are like this. A little over half of the extended warranties payed out real easy and were nice to work with. others were a bear. Some good, some bad. How useful the extended warranty is depends on the nature of your product usage. In the words of a female warranty rep for Mercury Marine we deal with on a regular basis-"if you handle your product like a teen age boy in the back of a car for the first time, get the warranty with good insurance".

    Warranty will pick up parts worn out from heavy use but tend to last longer than the one or two year warranty, while insurance will take care of your nervous backseat bumbling.
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    In my opinion they are usually no good, with one simple exception: if you buy something so costly that you'd have no money to replace it within the extended warranty period. Then it MAY be worth analyzing if paying a few $$$ extra is worth it.

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    The nay's have it.

    Thanks All

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    Oh sorry, TFT=thin film transistor. It is the word which is commonly used in Germany for LCD monitors. Did not expected that it is unknown in the US.
    Greetings, Benjamin

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    Oh sorry, TFT=thin film transistor. It is the word which is commonly used in Germany for LCD monitors. Did not expected that it is unknown in the US.
    Greetings, Benjamin

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    In some cases, there is a odd dynamic to these warranties. Some retailers base the warranty cost on the cost of the item. So less expensive brands - arguably with less quality and reliability than the better, more expensive brands - may have a less expensive warranty. Also, as noted earlier, some warranties cover components that can be expected to wear out (lcd TV lamps, laptop batteries). Depending on the length of warranty and your usage, it may cover all or part of the warranty cost.

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