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Location: Cypress Texas (near Houston)
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Good reply. I agree, the retailer is the one who will play a major role in how and when a product is repaired or exchanged. Buy equipment and warranty from a fly by night retailer/etailer, and your asking for trouble down the road.
Here in So Cal, I have a choice of BB, CC and The Good Guys, not to mention Sears etc. Their warranties are backed by insurance companies and their "good name".
As a general rule, only buy extended warranties after doing a cost benefit analysis.
A new Hi Fi VCR can be purchase from $59-150. Why buy a 3/4/5 year extended warranty for more than 20% of the purchase price? If ONE service call or repair is almost as much as buting "new" don't bother.
I purchase a new Sony 36 inch XBR monitor for $2,500 and a 3 year extended warranty cost me $300 for IN HOME service. I may consider it.
I mostly buy my extended warranty from whomever I buy the product from. You can generally get a lower selling price on the item as there is more margin in the warranty!!!