Just today I purchased this set from GG for 9 bills, thanks to competition from their neighbor CC. Naturally, I was strongly urged to buy the extended warranty at a cost of $50/yr for either three or five years. I was regaled with stories of the fragility of the CRTs of this size and shape, and the salesman checked his computer to see how many failures of Sony CRTs had passed through the company's hands, etc. When I asked if the Sony product was any more likely to fail than any other manufacturer, they said no.
Considering that color CRT sets of yore would routinely live for many, many years, I wonder if the sets today are indeed more failure prone. It is true I wouldn't care to wrestle this thing out of my lower level and into the van for a trip to the shop. I was told that the power supplies of today are less robust, and reminded that a static discharge could destroy a chip, etc...I suspect this is true enough.
So are other buyers going for extended warranties? I have always understood these are huge profit centers for the seller, which means they don't often get used.
Your advice? I can add the coverage up to 40 days of purchase.