|Originally posted by vferrari
Oops. In three years you could probably buy the EH50's second generation successor for $75. Sorry they hooked you on the EW. I bought a Panasonic no-hdd 2nd gneration DMR-E20 DVD recorder in 2002 for $700 and can probably pick one up on eBay now for about $40.
You are right about the price 3 years down the road, **BUT** I'm starting to wonder if some manufacturers (read: Panasonic here) are working with reseallers (such as CC) to make unattractive extended, 3 year warranties suddenly look attractive.
Look at the EH50's warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor. It's the labor, not usually the parts, that make a repair expensive. With a miserable 90 days labor coverage, the 3 year warranties offered by the likes of CC start to look good.
I never purchased an extended warranty because my credit card doubles the original, manufacturer's warranty up to a year. That's great for the parts (3 years), but it would only give me 6 months on the labor.
No, I have not purchased an extended warranty yet. I'm holding out for the upcoming Pioneer--and crossing my fingers they stay with the 1 year parts and labor.