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Discussion in 'Hobby Electronics' started by Coffeebean [email protected], Jun 21, 2004.

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  1. Are those extended warranties worth getting?

    $99 for 5 years sounds pretty good if its a home service and as good as the
    original Panasonic 12 months warranty.

    I guess it depends on what they include.

    A 76cm widescreen must be pretty heavy, having to lug one around to a service
    centre must be a pain.
     
  2. Ken Taylor

    Ken Taylor Guest

    Check the details. It's usually returned to service (and back to you) at
    your expense, may be parts only, and may have other exclusions. In addition,
    it may not be the manufacturer doing the repairs, so you get whoever you
    get, rather than a known quantity.

    Remember too, if they're offering it, they obviously bet that you won't call
    on it, particularly for such a low price. I figure if it isn't going to
    break down in the first week or two, your average modern electronic item
    isn't going to break down for years and years, so I don't bother with the
    extended warranties myself..

    Ken
     
  3. atec

    atec Guest

    good advice Ken
    figures I have seen suggest warranty claims on extended are in the
    single digit...
     
  4. Alex

    Alex Guest

    On Mon, 21 Jun 2004 19:23:07 +1000, Coffeebean
    I got an extended warranty with a Thomson set (manufacturer's warranty
    was only 1 year), and I got the chance to use it a couple of months
    ago.

    Pick up and delivery of the set was free, the only hassle I had was
    the period of time it took for the repair. It took two months to fix
    the set, mostly waiting for a new flyback from europe.

    Given the choice again, I would still pay for the warranty.

    Cheers,

    Alex.
    Ernie and bert don't live in my email address.
     
  5. Marc Twain

    Marc Twain Guest

    Alex if you buy European crap you need all the warranty and help you can
    get.
     
  6. And if you think like that you are an idiot. Its all the same these
    days i'm afraid. Going on the standard of the chinese work these days
    i reckon the euro stuff might even rate up a notch or two.
     
  7. Marc Twain

    Marc Twain Guest

    The European stuff is not a patch for quality of construction or design
    compared to the Japanese or Korean stuff.
    We do industrial and medical equipment, and wince every time we get called
    to repair European gear.
    On average European gear has 25 to 50% higher repair costs and generally
    crap design or construction that causes early failure
     
  8. I'll be surprised if you can find a tv that is made in japan anymore.
    Korean stuff is just as bad as chinese built gear. As far as I am
    concerned, the best electronic equipment comes out of taiwan these
    days, but I doubt they build many tv's anymore either.
    Comparing medical gear to tv's is like comparing apples to oranges.
    Two different things. In my trade, its the american stuff that causes
    us to shudder, but that is not medical gear either.
    Maybe in your trade.
     
  9. Alex

    Alex Guest


    Yeah, that's what I figured. Well, it is the same with any crap these
    days IMO.

    Cheers,

    Alex.
    Ernie and bert don't live in my email address.
     
  10. Good o'

    Good o' Guest

    I only get ext warranty on things that a lot of moving parts. apart from
    VCR's which are cheap as chips. Video cameras & digital still cameras with
    optical zoom I certainly do get ext warranty. Have already claimed once on
    ext warranty for my video camera, where the drum assembly had to be
    replaced.
     
  11. Franc Zabkar

    Franc Zabkar Guest

    I'd consider an extended warranty for goods that will be expensive to
    repair or replace, and those which have mechanical parts. TVs are
    generally very reliable but DVDs, VCRs, and CDs are not. I'd also
    consider an extended warranty for camcorders.


    - Franc Zabkar
     
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