Chris: If you're buying a warranty that costs 20% of the price of the product, say, then you're saying that you think that there's a one in five chance of the product breaking down. Given the current class-action suits launched against MS over the xbox, one could speculate that this is not unreasonable. Personally, I can afford the xbox and the warranty AND another xbox if the first breaks down. The warranty is insurance.
So Chris, if you can't afford to buy a replacement house (or any other thing you could buy that has a likelihood of breaking), should you not buy one? Should you not buy insurance just because it might break, or some accident (like lightning) might happen? Sorry, flawed logic to me.
Fact is that the xbox is a flawed product that has broken for many. So you're saying that no one should buy it? Sorry, I bought one and I know that it might break. In a perfect world it wouldn't break, but surprise, surprise, it isn't a perfect world!
And, I would argue that those who can't afford to buy a second box are the ones who should most consider getting a warranty, particularly if the warranty is a reasonable price. If the box breaks and they have no warranty, then they have nothing.
Ferret: good story...food for thought.
Dean: Yeah, I agree. The warranty where I bought my box is 20%. I could have bought it elsewhere with a cheaper warranty, but the place I bought it threw in a free game that I wanted. Thus my dilemma on the warranty.