Originally Posted by 16RS
I don't have a Costco membership, so I was just looking at ST warranties directly on their website.
I don't want to turn this Q9FN owner's forum into a SquareTrade forum, so I'll just leave it at this: unless you are located somewhere on the globe where Costco membership isn't available, purchasing a Costco membership in order to purchase the 3-year SquareTrade warranty from Costco is actually a better deal than purchasing the warranty directly from SquareTrade (unless you find a steep ST discount coupon/code somewhere online). Here's a quickie cost breakdown (hopefully the forum's "no price talk" rule does not apply to extended warranties
With Costco membership:
* Least expensive Costco annual membership = $60.00
* 3-year ST warranty purchased through Costco.com = $99.99 (caveat: TV must be from an authorized reseller AND delivered no more than 60 days prior to warranty purchase date)
* Total for annual Costco membership + Costco 3-year ST warranty = $60.00 + $99.99 = $159.99
* Effective cost per year of ST warranty = $159.99/3 = $53.33
Without Costco membership (amounts are via ST's website and assume no additional "secret" online discount codes from RetailMeNot.com, etc.):
* 2-year protection plan = $169.99 (caveat: warranty must be purchased within 30 days from TV delivery date, or, 30 days from TV purchase date if no delivery service was involved)
* 3-year protection plan = not offered directly from ST
* 4-year protection plan = $349.99 (same caveat applies as 2-year plan)
* Warranty cost per year for 2-year plan = $169.99/2 = $85.00
* Warranty price per year for 4-year plan = $349.99/4 = $87.50
Thus, the ST warranty purchased through Costco is a better per-year deal inclusive of the membership fee, provided the aforementioned seller and time restrictions are met.
There may be other alternatives out there to SquareTrade, but I have no experience with those. Also, if you purchased your TV with a credit card, your card issuer may offer doubling of the 1-year Samsung warranty, so there's that possibility too, but be sure to check the issuer's fine print for any other program requirements.
Good luck with your warranty decision.