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Plasma TV - Purchase the Extended Warranty? (ESP)or Not?

by avidjack / December 30, 2009 8:48 PM PST

I am picking up a Samsung PN50B550 (50 inch 1080 Plasma) today from HH Greg. I am comfortable with the purchase but should I buy the 3-Yr Extended Service Plan for 150.00? The TV cost was a bundle w/Blue Ray Surround System but lets say the TV cost was $900.00. I used my AMEX to double the 1 Year manufactuer warranty to 2 years but still cant decide if I need the extended service. Opinions? Expeience with my TV or HHGreg or other service plans. Need your two cents. I know this is a recurring question but I could not find current 2009 feedback.

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Same Boat
by eorel72905 / January 4, 2010 12:53 AM PST

I also purchased the PN50B550 and Home Theater System at HH Greg. I didn't pick up the TV yet and didn't purchase the Extended Service Plan either. I have a 50 inch Samsung DLP I purchased about 4 years ago and have had no issues with it. I felt that Samsung TV are very reliable and a great product and didn't feel like coughing up another $150 in profit to HH Greg.

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My 2 cents but I don't think it will help, hehe.
by ahtoi / January 4, 2010 1:37 AM PST

My sister always get extended warranty for big item and I never do. She gets to use her warranty on her TV last time. A few years back, I purchased Samsung DLP. The thing went billyup after 6 months. Needless to say the thing wasn't worth fixing. Then I got a Vizio and then a Panasonic (both plasma) and they are still working (no warranty needed).

So..I say it's a personal choice, we can't predict what the future will hold. Right?

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by ldonal / January 4, 2010 8:28 AM PST

I recently purchased a panasonic plasma and purchased the extended warranty, but then I cancelled the warranty because I felt that I did not need it. Each TV has a 1 year warranty through the company. Usually televisions tend to break with in one year, or at least that is what I heard. And usually with the extended warranty,if the tv needs to be returned and replaced, you will need to purchase another extended warranty. Check your home owners insurance, usually the insurance will cover any disasters in the home including electronics. Also ask the the retail store their return policy for the extended warranty and the TV. If you like, look into the extended warranty of the tv company. When you register your product which you should as soon as you can, they should offer extended warranties. Usually with their warranties they will replace the tv more than once. Hope this helps.

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by eorel72905 / January 5, 2010 12:09 AM PST
In reply to: Warranty

Thank you for your reply. Once I pick up my TV and I will register it right away and see if Samsung offers an extended warranty.

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Direct isnt really direct
by jms515 / May 13, 2010 7:18 AM PDT

Most manufacturers use or .com. i think they are more expensive then store.... i.e a tv $500-$1000 is $280 from Samsung versus $140 from Best Buy. For that price I would not buy warranty. Warranty should be no more than about 20% of purchase price.

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