Originally Posted by DrRx
Congrats on your GT50! Due to the delay in the 65VT50s arriving at FutureShop, I might have to purchase an interim 65GT50 to keep me going. Is the extended warranty you refer to from FutureShop, or are you purchasing a different 3rd party warranty? For my 65VT50 FS is quoting me $799 for a 4 year warranty which seems a bit outrageous
. What sort of prices are you getting? And how have these "saved your butt" in the past??
As far as the warranty is concerned, yes it's FutureShop's PSP. In all honesty I'm the last person to ever advocate buying extended warranties. I never buy them on anything and the few times I've needed support my credit card's additional-year warranty on purchases came through for me.
A few years back, when plasmas were still considered new-ish technology and repair/reliability history wasn't readily available, I rolled the dice and reluctantly bought FS's PSP on my first plasma (50PZ77). Just over 2 years later it developed the dreaded vertical line of dead pixels. Of course the repair estimate exceeded the cost of replacement, Panasonic's warranty and my Credit card's warranty were both of no use due to the timing (after 2 years) so FS replaced it for the 50G15.
Would you believe just over two years of owning the G15, almost to the month, it got the same vertical line? Anyhow, they're replacing it this time for the 50GT50. I wanted to go bigger so I upgraded and paid the difference for the 60".
I totally agree the warranty is outrageously priced ($599 for 4 years on the 60GT50) but in my case it more than paid for itself each time.
I was considering SquareTrade's warranty as an alternative since it's now available in Canada, and a lot cheaper, but I just don't know how good they are to deal with or how they go about handling claims and replacing defective TVs. FS's warranty, albeit expensive, is easy to deal with (feature-for-feature replacement at minimum).
Since we can't discuss prices here, I'll PM you what I paid for the 60GT50.