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Old Feb 27, 2003, 9:17 AM   #1
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Default Warrenty, Worth Paying more for extended ones?

Just wondered if I should sepend the extra on an Extended warrenty
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Old Feb 27, 2003, 10:42 AM   #2
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How much does the extended warranty cost and how much does the camera cot?
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Old Feb 27, 2003, 10:50 AM   #3
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I thought I had answered that. but lost my post :shock:

if you are talking about a compact non pro camera I would say NO.
What is the life expectancy of your camera? be realistic. Not talking in term of reliability but in term of being up to date? 6 months ? a year? believe me you will be looking for a new camera with twice the resolution and other improved features way before your extended warranty expires. I would not pay for an extended warranty on such a camera. IMHO.
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Old Feb 27, 2003, 5:46 PM   #4
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Hi Elrascal,

I would say a qualified yes to extended warranties esp
for digital cameras costing more than $500 given the
very high minimum charge should you send it in w/o
the warranty.

That said, I would go only w/OEM warranties, not
second party warranties from businesses that did
not manufacture the camera.

FYI, one site, www.bhphotovideo.com, does offer
very reasonable warranties and is reputed to employ
its own inhouse repair staff. The warranties are offered
ONLY on cameras it sells to you at time of purchase.
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Old Feb 27, 2003, 7:13 PM   #5
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How much does the extended warranty cost and how much does the camera cot?
One store offers 1 - 3 year extended warrentys and range from $30-55 1 yr / 50-95 2 yr / 70-130 3 yr but its not a camera store, so it may be a good idea incase there clumsy stock people.

The other place I have been looking at is a camera store but dont know what they offer yet if any.
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Old Mar 3, 2003, 10:34 AM   #6
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Default ...it even covers you when you use up the megapixels

I just purchased a Canon A40 on sale at Office Max this weekend. The clueless sales guy that was trying to sell me the extended warranty uttered the words "...it will even cover it when you use up all the megapixels." :shock:

I had no idea, that you could use up all the megapixels. Well, I may be living on the wild side, but I did not purchase the extended warranty. I'll just have to take my chances with the megapixels. :roll:
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Old Mar 3, 2003, 7:00 PM   #7
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There are pro's and cons to extended warranty. If you need some convincing, have a look at what's 'under a cam hood' here:

http://www.digsys.com.au/S602Z/S602Z.html

If you didn't get the warranty - just buy that toolkit!
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As far as I'm concerned avoid like the plague - there a rip-off. There was an article in the paper recently saying so.
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With an extended warrenty you are buying insurance. Beyond the issue of how well the company will stand behind it, and under what circumstances, I think the basic issue is:
The retailer is making a profit - a good profit seeing how much they push it. That means that on a statistical/probablalistic basis, you will not get back as much as you put in. The difference is basically the profit and costs the seller takes out of your "priemium" payment(s).
How well can you stand a total loss? In the case of your house burning down, probably you can't stand that loss so insurance makes very good sense. You have to decide for yourself if that applies to a camera.
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My own feeling is that I don't need it - I'll take the chance and hope I win. The harder they try to sell me the extended warrenty, the less likely I am to buy it. The harder sell is a good indication that they are taking more out as profit so the odds are more in my favor without it.
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Old Mar 5, 2003, 2:46 PM   #10
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I have two fully equip home theater systems, camcorders, and scores of other electronic stuff. Rarely will I buy an extended warranty. My feeling is that if the item breaks then the money saved in not buying other extended warranties will more than cover my costs. In all my years the only thing I had to replace out of pocket was a telephone that was struck by lightening.
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