Originally Posted by tgm1024
People often look at getting a warranty as the get-out-of-jail-free card for buying a used TV. It is not.
Let's look at my 4 hours a day viewing example:
- With a new set, and a 4 year whopping good warranty, at the end of it you have 4 year old set.
- With that particular set, and that same warranty, at the end of it you have a 9 1/2 year old set!!!!!!!
Also, keep in mind, that it's difficult to get a warranty these days that allows endless repairs, or even repairs beyond the value.
At the end of your warranty you might just end up with a TV that croaks soon. Most people would find that unacceptable. That "good price" isn't magic for that particular TV....you're trading away a awful lot for it.
I would have to respectfully disagree with that...for a few of reasons
1. Life expectancy of the TV...at 100K hours( life expectancy) at 5 hours a day of use you are looking at a few decades of useful operation
2. Price that you paid is probably about a third of what someone paid 2 years ago....so if you paid say $1600-1700 and they paid $4500 for the same TV that makes a HUGE difference
3. There will most certainly be something else out there better than this in less than 5 years...so will you really be looking at keeping this TV for a decade?
4. The way most electronics operate...the highest incidence of needed repair is in the first year...so the fact that it has made it this far( assuming everything is all good currently), its very likely even the used one will perform far longer than you care to keep it
5. As far as repairs beyond the value( of what you actually paid)....I think many will take that chance to save $2500-3000. The truth of the matter is if it fails more than twice Sharp will probably replace it in the first year
If it fails under the extended warranty...depending on parts availability..it may be fixed or they just issue you credit for the amount you originally paid for the TV
Not a bad deal to save that amount of money and making the assumption that LED TV's ( even the least expensive ones) are pretty reliable with failure typically coming in the first year, if ever