Extended warranty dilemma
Simply mentioning the term "extended warranty" around here is like ringing the starter bell at a boxing match -- as witnessed in the comments on "Stolen laptop, warranty refund woes."
Naturally, naysayers poked fun at anyone sucker enough to consider buying an extended warranty. Vonskippy weighed in: "Please have Jean contact me immediately, I have a can't-pass deal on Zombie Attack Insurance I'm sure she'll be interested in."
But cooler minds prevailed with some solid advice.
Bwomble wrote, "I bought [an extended warranty] for a Dell Inspiron notebook in 1999 and was very glad I did. The notebook turned out to be a total lemon and Dell eventually gave me a replacement notebook. If I had not bought an upgraded warranty, I would have been stuck with that $4,500 lemon." Though he agrees insuring a much cheaper machine might not pay off.
Philc suggests that it is wise to buy an extended warranty when "the cost of replacing the product early is more than the warranty (say within a year) and the likelihood of something bad happening or the product failing is high. My son went through three Blackberries in one year. The cost of the warranty and replacement charge was much less than one new phone."
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