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post #1741 of 3261
There are already extended warranty threads in the forum, and this topic has already been discussed ad nauseum several pages back, including some of the key differences between SquareTrade, Mack, and Best Buy. I advise a search on that front. For instance, SquareTrade will deduct the amount they would effectively refund you each time you require a repair, so that's something to keep in mind.
post #1742 of 3261
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What "VT" pricing ends today?


The Brandsmart $1647 price on the 60VT. (Which I will order from Amazon with price match)


YEP, ends today.

 

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post #1743 of 3261
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I think more hassle free is subjective upon to what extent it fails and when as in after the first year which is on Panny regardless
Of course...but having a local store to which you can return it minimizes the hassle from the get go.
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in terms of credit yes, that's the initial problem but the problem remains depending on your credit profile if you don't close it when done.
depending on the limit, if you don't close it when you're done, it is still regarded as open unsecured credit in the equation that arrives at your score
not to mention the temptation to use it, which BB and the card underwriter counts on
Doesn't having more lines of unsecured credit actually enhance your credit score? It would seem to me that this would go some way in canceling out any negative effect from opening a new account. I am just assuming the new accountholder will have the self-control and sense of responsibility to avoid using his newfound credit haphazardly. smile.gif
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IMHO I just don't see 2K for a 55" and a warranty a slickdeal
You can go cheaper no doubt.
post #1744 of 3261

Wasn't 2k.  Came out to just under 1800.  I think it was 1780 or so.  Assuming I bought it from amazon at that price and a warranty i may of saved more but I still had to worry about long term and the warranty program from Amazon.  I've read mixed things on it and it being brutal for help.  3 years ago I paid $1500 for a TV that didn't last.  As much as I love the Plasma they have their issues.  My panels blew twice in 3 years.  Both times I had to take the damn thing and drive to a repair shop lol.. That's Panasonic's policy and it's not convenient.. I really like the piece of mind dealing with BB who will come to my house and repair it or possibly just replace the thing. I'm not saying these other warranties won't but I knew I would have to pay a bit more if I didn't want to be hassled down the road if there was an issue.  I could of went Amazon plus Square trade and maybe saved 150? I would of paid that 150 3 years ago after all the grief I ran into down the line.  I dunno.. 



 



As for my credit?  that's really a none issue for me.  It's really high to begin with but long term they can close it.  It doesn't really hurt all that much.  They closed the last one on me(bestbuy card) right before I was about to buy a new car and I still had like a 780


Edited by Convo - 12/31/13 at 12:49pm
post #1745 of 3261
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Originally Posted by vinnie97 View Post

There are already extended warranty threads in the forum, and this topic has already been discussed ad nauseum several pages back, including some of the key differences between SquareTrade, Mack, and Best Buy. I advise a search on that front. For instance, SquareTrade will deduct the amount they would effectively refund you each time you require a repair, so that's something to keep in mind.


Thanks vinnie97.  I didn't know that.

 

I would hope that I wouldn't need a repair more than once (if at all).

 

Regards,

 

Sofa King

post #1746 of 3261
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Originally Posted by thebesthereis View Post
 


Thanks vinnie97.  I didn't know that.

 

I would hope that I wouldn't need a repair more than once (if at all).

 

Regards,

 

Sofa King

Not trying to scare you but I needed 2 repairs in the span of 3 years:-(  The first one cost over 800 in parts.  Under warranty tho.. The second was written up for 2500 last month.  The thing is in the trash now.  

post #1747 of 3261
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Originally Posted by thebesthereis View Post


Thanks vinnie97.  I didn't know that.

I would hope that I wouldn't need a repair more than once (if at all).

Regards,

Sofa King
Sometimes an issue can require multiple repairs. Apparently, it has happened frequently enough for them to draft policy that covers that scenario.
post #1748 of 3261
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Have any of you that own VT60s ever registered your TVs online with Panasonic (for warranty purposes)?

I did and right after the registration, Panasonic offers you a 1 or 3 year extended warranty for like 8 bucks via Square Trade.

How good is Square Trade with these things?  Any of you have any good or bad experiences with them and TVs?

Thanks in advance.

Sofa King

I haven't registered, but the $8 SquareTrade offer intrigues me. Please elaborate. What is the price for each the 1 year and 3 year?

My only experience with SquareTrade is my purchase of the Costco 3 year SquareTrade plan for $99.


If you register your TV with Panasonic, you would more than likely get the same offer but since I only saw the page right after I first registered, I'm unable to recall the specifics of the plan. 

 

I think it's a good idea to register the TV with Panasonic.  At least then they have a record of your specific set (barring serial #).

 

Sofa King

post #1749 of 3261
Is the costco warranty the same as buying directly through square trade. I have a 40% off no limit coupon and am deciding whether it is worth buying on ST or via costco.
post #1750 of 3261
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Originally Posted by vinnie97 View Post

They also offer less benefits. Only Best Buy will take back a plasma with burn-in for instance. Again, everything comes at a cost (I am saying this as someone who "cheaped out" and grabbed a Mack...I waited too long to be eligible for SquareTrade).

If you had the choice would you have bought Mack or SquareTrade?
post #1751 of 3261
I was interested in SquareTrade from the get-go (looking to cut costs) but wasn't aware of the policy limitations at the time. I had used Mack in the past (but never had to use that contract before selling the associated TV it covered; incidentally a Kuro, the coverage of which expires in 2014), which led me to fall back on Mack. If I had to do it again, I would probably purchase Best Buy's warranty truth be told.
post #1752 of 3261

This review of squaretrade really helped me when I decided to just pay a bit more with BB..  Hopefully it will make their practice a bit more clear. 

 

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I have several Squaretrade warranties I purchased 1-2 years ago. They do what they say they will do, but the devil's in the details with Squaretrade warranties. The way they sell these for a lot lower cost is because they limit their exposure, and recoup costs on the back end. They limit their exposure by only providing total coverage up to the purchase price of your item. That no lemon policy they have is a joke, because you will likely hit your coverage limit far before the 3 repair limit. For example, if you pay $1500 for a plasma tv, and the repair the first time was $500, you only have $1000 in remaining coverage for the life of the warranty. NOW comes the part where they really screw you. The warranty repair estimate comes from them. Let's go back to my example of having a repair for $500 done, leaving you with remaining coverage of $1000 on the tv. Now, your 2nd repair estimate comes in over $1000. What do they do? They don't repair it. They TAKE your item, and cut you a check for $1000. What does this leave you? With 2/3 of the cost of a new tv and no remaining warranty, and you are still out the cost of the warranty. They take your tv, repair it for much less than the estimate (using an internal repair dept), and SELL it, keeping the money. This may or may not be acceptable to you. I bought them, because the warranties were dirt cheap, and I wanted SOME coverage. I would not buy this warranty in many cases.

 

 

Reading that and realizing my first plasma which cost $1500 new and needed a repair 13 months after I bought it.. repair was out of warranty but thankfully Panasonic paid for the parts. ($800) I paid labor which was addiotnal 125.  Plus drove to the repair place and picked it up.. closet place to me was 20 mins. I also lost my tv for 2 weeks.   The next  was  last month and cost $2500.. no way Panny was covering that.  I still had to pay $60 for it to be diagnosed for them to tell me they wouldn't repair it tho.. so all and all if I had bought a BB warranty when I bought that TV it would of paid for itself easily.. Hopefully I don't need it this time around. These TV's are not without issues. :-( Ultimately if you want the best deal by all means go for a cheaper warranty. Just know there is a chance it could cost you more in the end.  It's a gamble 


Edited by Convo - 12/31/13 at 1:24pm
post #1753 of 3261
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Originally Posted by Convo View Post
 

This review of squaretrade really helped me when I decided to just pay a bit more with BB..  Hopefully it will make their practice a bit more clear. 

 

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I have several Squaretrade warranties I purchased 1-2 years ago. They do what they say they will do, but the devil's in the details with Squaretrade warranties. The way they sell these for a lot lower cost is because they limit their exposure, and recoup costs on the back end. They limit their exposure by only providing total coverage up to the purchase price of your item. That no lemon policy they have is a joke, because you will likely hit your coverage limit far before the 3 repair limit. For example, if you pay $1500 for a plasma tv, and the repair the first time was $500, you only have $1000 in remaining coverage for the life of the warranty. NOW comes the part where they really screw you. The warranty repair estimate comes from them. Let's go back to my example of having a repair for $500 done, leaving you with remaining coverage of $1000 on the tv. Now, your 2nd repair estimate comes in over $1000. What do they do? They don't repair it. They TAKE your item, and cut you a check for $1000. What does this leave you? With 2/3 of the cost of a new tv and no remaining warranty, and you are still out the cost of the warranty. They take your tv, repair it for much less than the estimate (using an internal repair dept), and SELL it, keeping the money. This may or may not be acceptable to you. I bought them, because the warranties were dirt cheap, and I wanted SOME coverage. I would not buy this warranty in many cases.

 

 

Reading that and realizing my first plasma which cost $1500 new and needed a repair 13 months after I bought it.. repair was out of warranty but thankfully Panasonic paid for the parts. ($800) I paid labor which was addiotnal 125.  Plus drove to the repair place and picked it up.. closet place to me was 20 mins. I also lost my tv for 2 weeks.   The next  was  last month and cost $2500.. no way Panny was covering that.  I still had to pay $60 for it to be diagnosed for them to tell me they wouldn't repair it tho.. so all and all if I had bought a BB warranty when I bought that TV it would of paid for itself easily.. Hopefully I don't need it this time around. These TV's are not without issues. :-( 


Thank you for that tad bit of insight!  :eek:

post #1754 of 3261

You're welcome.. You could very well be ok going with a squaretrade.. My issues/wounds were fresh so I knew had my past situation occurred  with this new TV and a squaretrade warranty I would still be in trouble.  The BB warranty just covers everything long term.  Again.. no hassle if I need to use it.  The panel issues are big problem so I needed that extra security. 

post #1755 of 3261
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Originally Posted by vinnie97 View Post

I was interested in SquareTrade from the get-go (looking to cut costs) but wasn't aware of the policy limitations at the time. I had used Mack in the past (but never had to use that contract before selling the associated TV it covered; incidentally a Kuro, the coverage of which expires in 2014), which led me to fall back on Mack. If I had to do it again, I would probably purchase Best Buy's warranty truth be told.

So in terms of coverage BB > Mack > SquareTrade? I'm tempted to cancel my SquareTrade plan and go with 3 year Mack for $15 more or 5 years for $50 more. WIth Mack there's lemon protection and I believe they don't deduct the cost of repairs.

Mack requires that you purchase within 30 days after purchase. I purchased on Dec 1. It's been 30 days so I don't know if it's too late.
post #1756 of 3261
^That hierarchy is correct. I'm not sure where you saw that about needing to purchase it within 30 days (in my experience, that only applies to SquareTrade). You simply need to have at least 90 days of the manufacturer warranty remaining when purchasing Mack coverage (this is listed in the fine print on my policy).
post #1757 of 3261
Is this the case with all square trades or just via costco. Can you purchase a best buy warranty even if you didn't buy from them? I'm surprised because ST paid me the full price of my TV when I had an issue, but not sure if things have changed recently.
post #1758 of 3261
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Originally Posted by cyberstven View Post

Is this the case with all square trades or just via costco. Can you purchase a best buy warranty even if you didn't buy from them? I'm surprised because ST paid me the full price of my TV when I had an issue, but not sure if things have changed recently.
Not that I'm aware (Speakerphile can confirm...but this wasn't the case last I checked), but that might be a business venture they should look into!
post #1759 of 3261
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Originally Posted by vinnie97 View Post

^That hierarchy is correct. I'm not sure where you saw that about needing to purchase it within 30 days (in my experience, that only applies to SquareTrade). You have until the end of the manufacturer's warranty period to decide on purchasing Mack coverage.

When I purchased a Mack TV warranty several years back that's what I thought as well. I checked the Mack sight and it states:

"This service contract must be purchased within thirty (30) days of the date the equipment hereunder is purchased."

http://www.mackcam.com/warranties/televisions/

I want to get the Mack, but I'm not sure if there will be an issue cancelling the SquareTrade warranty. I'm not a costco member, but I did register online at Costco. There's no easy cancel button, just the option to contact them and request a cancel. I don't know if registering the TV online with SquareTrade makes a difference.
post #1760 of 3261
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Originally Posted by rippem View Post

I think more hassle free is subjective upon to what extent it fails and when as in after the first year which is on Panny regardless

The Best Buy plan handles all the logistics during any year of the plan, even the first. While they may bill Pana for some of those repairs on the back-end, the entire process is transparent. Also, the additional coverage's above and beyond the manufacturers warranty(IR, Pixel, No-Lemon) exist from day one.
post #1761 of 3261
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Originally Posted by vinnie97 View Post

Not that I'm aware (Speakerphile can confirm...but this wasn't the case last I checked), but that might be a business venture they should look into!

You are correct, products must be purchased from Best Buy.
post #1762 of 3261
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Originally Posted by p3Orion View Post

When I purchased a Mack TV warranty several years back that's what I thought as well. I checked the Mack sight and it states:

"This service contract must be purchased within thirty (30) days of the date the equipment hereunder is purchased."

http://www.mackcam.com/warranties/televisions/
I'm not seeing that at said link. However, I can give you the exact text from my warranty policy here in-person:
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Originally Posted by Mack 
This service contract may be purchased for New Products with at least ninety (90) days remaining on the original manufacturer's warranty. You must register this warranty within thirty (30) days with Mack Camera by visiting us at etc.

Rest assured you don't have to be in a rush whatever you decide.

Also, to confirm the above, check here under Benefits:

http://www.mackcam.com/warranty-search/learn-about-our-warranty/
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Protection for your equipment after the manufacturers warranty expires.
(Must have 90 days remaining on mfg warranty)
You should be golden....that is the most lenient of all of the legitimate warranty providers.
post #1763 of 3261
What's the benefit of Mack over ST? Also can anyone confirm if the costco ST warranty is exactly the same as if you but online?
post #1764 of 3261
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Originally Posted by vinnie97 View Post

I'm not seeing that at said link. However, I can give you the exact text from my warranty policy here in-person:
Rest assured you don't have to be in a rush whatever you decide.

Also, to confirm the above, check here under Benefits:

http://www.mackcam.com/warranty-search/learn-about-our-warranty/
You should be golden....that is the most lenient of all of the legitimate warranty providers.

The 90 days left on manufacturers warranty statement conflicts with what is stated on the TV page.

From the link I provided go On Site > 3 year televisions under $2100 > product details. The 30 day restriction is in the first paragraph. Got to love when companies provide conflicting info.

Here's the link again: http://www.mackcam.com/warranties/televisions/
post #1765 of 3261
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Originally Posted by cyberstven View Post

What's the benefit of Mack over ST? Also can anyone confirm if the costco ST warranty is exactly the same as if you but online?
Search is your friend. biggrin.gif

See here for the most striking differences: http://www.avsforum.com/t/1469731/panasonic-vt60-deals/1560#post_24093917
post #1766 of 3261
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Originally Posted by p3Orion View Post

The 90 days left on manufacturers warranty statement conflicts with what is stated on the TV page.

From the link I provided go On Site > 3 year televisions under $2100. The 30 day restriction is in the first paragraph. Go to love when companies provide conflicting info.

Here's the link again: http://www.mackcam.com/warranties/televisions/
I see what you mean. If you want to remove any doubt, try calling and asking for a confirmation. The text on the warranty policy itself (that I purchased in October) aligns with the 90-day manuf. warranty restriction.
post #1767 of 3261
vinnie, I decided to check the 5 Year Televisions Under $1750 warranty and it states "This service contract may be purchased for New Products with at least ninety (90) days remaining on the original manufacturer’s warranty." I guess the policies vary or there's a typo...I don't know.

The 5 year warranties have the 90 days remaining on manufacturer's warranty restriction and the 3 year warranties have the within 30 days of purchase date restriction.
post #1768 of 3261
Typos, IMO. I have the 3-year policy for under $3100, and I successfully registered my warranty purchased 4 months into the manuf's warranty.

Service Contract Details
Service Contract Type: 1085 - 3 Yr TV Under $3100.
Service Contract Number: XXXXXX
Registration Date: 10/7/2013

Equipment Item 1 Details
Equipment Make: PANASONIC
Equipment Model: TC-P65ZT60
Serial Number: XXXXXX
Purchase Date: 06/05/13
Purchased At: BEST BUY~
post #1769 of 3261
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Originally Posted by vinnie97 View Post

I see what you mean. If you want to remove any doubt, try calling and asking for a confirmation. The text on the warranty policy itself (that I purchased in October) aligns with the 90-day manuf. warranty restriction.

Did you get the 3 year or 5 year warranty?

EDIT: you answered above.

In any case it doesn't seem like I'm pressed to make a decision today. I may still keep the SquareTrade warranty.
post #1770 of 3261
Soz, I do a lot of editing. wink.gif I'm now beginning to wish I bought a 5-year plan, given the sorry state of OLED production and capacity.
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