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Extended Warranties ?

by sminchicago / September 6, 2009 9:42 AM PDT

Are there any good articles/advice out there (on this site or elsewhere) about buying Extended Warranties?

I'm about to buy a laptop, after my 18-month-old Gateway laptop expired (no extended warr). I hate the idea of giving Best Buy (or ?) any more of my money. But I hate more the idea of repeating this whole buying (or repair) process again within the next 2 yrs.


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Which is more important to you?
by ahtoi / September 6, 2009 11:29 AM PDT
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Money...or peace of mind? hehe. Personally I have always bet that the equipments are always very reliable. On the other hand, my sister gets warranties on everything.

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by Jimmy Greystone / September 6, 2009 1:20 PM PDT
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Depends on who the warranty is through. If it's a manufacturer's warranty, it can be worth every penny if one expensive component should fail inside the warranty period. If it's a warranty through a store like Best Buy, it's not worth the paper it's printed on IMO.

Laptops in particular can be quite costly to repair. If the display or motherboard goes bad, that alone can cost about as much as a new laptop to get it fixed. ONLY buy manufacturer's warranties would be my advice, and only if you intend to have the device for the duration of the extended warranty.

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