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Old Nov 19, 2002, 8:15 AM   #1
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:? i am going to purchase a 7Hi this week. the ?? i have is , are
extended warranties really necessary. the site i am getting my camera from is selling a 3yr ext warr. for 99$. please give some advice!!!
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 8:22 AM   #2
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If your camera comes with a one year warranty, I do not think an extended warranty is required. If you do decide to purchase the warranty, do research on the warranty company.
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 12:29 PM   #3
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Well, here's my opinion. If the camera is pretty expensive, the $99 isn't all that much to pay in case something goes wrong. However, if the camera is say $300...maybe you don't need it. True, they do usually come with some manufacturers warranty (I thought mine was 90 day...I'm probably wrong though). I was given the camera as a present and they went ahead and bought the 3-year extended warranty ($150 bucks I think). I think they said they paid about $800 total for the camera + warranty. To me, the $150 bucks is worth it if something goes wrong.

Something else to keep in mind. Some companies (like Toshiba) offer to replace your broken camera for a rebuilt camera should something happen.

I ran into a never ending loop when I thought my camera was broken. I downloaded a firmware upgrade and the camera wouldn't work (I didn't use a larger media card). Before I fixed the problem myself, I thought it needed to go into a repair shop. Well, long story short (kinda), Toshiba said it was a software problem and Circuit City (where the camera & warranty was purchased from said it was a hardware problem). No one wanted to accept liability. This went back and forth...until I just fixed it myself. So yes, check to see how the warranty is set up. Sometimes it can be a hassle, then again, it may save you $ in the long run.
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 12:32 PM   #4
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I know that Olympus offers manufactor warranties that are extended beyond their 1 year warranty. Check with Minolta and see if they provide the same service.
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Actually, just today I came across what seems to be an excellent warranty company: Mack. Online you can get their warrantees quite cheaply: http://store.yahoo.com/interdiscount...5yearstil.html
is one such.
I had always shied away from extended warrents as being too expensive but I will use them on future purchases. You need to buy them within 30 days of purchase.
Also some credit cards double the warranty period for free.
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Old Nov 19, 2002, 5:34 PM   #6
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Hi pischwartz, I went to the "mack" site, it don't list Nikon digital cameras, only 35mm nikon's.
The site seems hard to navagate, and I only see film cameras listed, nothing on digital, I clicked on Nikon and it showed 35mm.
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