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  1. Anyone have experience with Circuit City Extended Warranty (Digital
    blkphlover2001, Sep 17, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    Almost all "extended warranties" are a waste of your money. Avoid them, and
    be firm with the pushy salespeople. In fact, they tend to be so pesky that
    this is now my standard line, delivered right up-front before I even make
    the purchase:

    "I've decided I'm going to buy this from you, but I want to tell you up
    front that I don't want the extended warranty, and I don't want you to tell
    me about it or ask me about it. Do you understand?"

    If they plow ahead anyway, I give them one more warning:

    "If you insist on pushing the issue, I'll walk right now."

    And then if they continue, I walk away without another word. They always
    call me back..."Wait, I'm sorry...ok, I won't ask you about the extended

    All that, because I recently had a bad experience with a bitch of a
    sales-lady who just...wouldn'
    Mike Kohary, Sep 18, 2004
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    Special Ed Guest

    That's a good tactic but you give them one more shot than I do-- I say up
    front if they bring it up, I'll walk... and I do.

    I do the same thing when I buy cars-- telling the salesman and sales manager
    that the deal is voided and I'll walk if the "business manager" brings up
    extended warranty, undercoating, paint sealant, prepaid oil changes or
    anything else like that.

    The other thing I do is tell them I won't pay the $295 "documentary fee"
    they preprint on the sales order form. They tell you it's required to
    "process the title" and move the paperwork through the state DMV. But in
    Georgia where I live, the dealer is required to give you the Manufacturer's
    Statement of Origin no later than 72 hours after the check clears. If you
    take it and the bill of sale to the local DMV office and pay a $5.00 title
    fee plus $11.00 for your license plate, you're on your way in a few
    minutes...$279 to the good.

    Special Ed, Sep 18, 2004
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    Dick Sidbury Guest

    Well you did use the word "almost" so I'll give you a break :) And it's
    off topic sort of, BUT, I agree with you absolutely EXCEPT in the case
    of notebook computers. I always recommend the two or three year
    extended warranty for $100.

    -- but that was back in the days when notebooks cost 1500 or more for a
    decent machine. And I did once buy an extended warranty for a 90 dollar
    personal CD player since it was only 10 dollars.
    Dick Sidbury, Sep 18, 2004
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    Mike Kohary Guest

    That is in fact why I used the word "almost" - very expensive and
    complicated items *may* be worth it, depending on the prices involved and
    your own expertise or access to expertise. But mostly, the risk vs reward
    ratio heavily favors the retailer, and isn't worth your money.
    Mike Kohary, Sep 18, 2004
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    BillB Guest

    One more exception: Sirius has a pseudo "lifetime" subscription
    plan for their satellite radios. The problem is that it is only for
    the lifetime of the receiver. If it dies after the warranty ends,
    the lifetime subscription dies with it. Sirius and Audiovox (one of
    the hardware manufacturers) recommend finding a store that offers
    warranties that extend to 4 years. Radio Shack only goes to 3
    years, and I believe that Circuit City only allows for a 1 year
    extension. In this case the extended warranty not only protects the
    hardware, but the far more expensive Sirius subscription as well.
    BillB, Sep 18, 2004
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    Henry Guest

    I had an extended warranty on a camcorder with CC a few years back and the
    tape door froze and would not open. I took it to CC and they repaired it
    and I had it back in a week. That one repair paid for the extra warranty.

    I currently have a DVD player that I purchased at CC as an "open box" and I
    bought the extended warrenty because it only had a 90 day factory labor
    warrenty (90 days appears to be typical for DVD players). The open box
    price plus the extra warrenty about equaled the full price for the player.

    All that said, I agree with others here that extended warranties can be a
    waste of money. I tend to look at each purchase and decide based on length
    of factory warranty, cost of the product, cost of the extra warranty and my
    guestimate of potential problems and the cost to repair.
    Henry, Sep 18, 2004
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    Tivrod Guest

    I will never purchase any item that costs over $100 at Best Buy,
    especially anything that might need a warranty.

    The alleged extended warranty offered by Bestbuy is a complete scam. I
    had to call the office of the Chief Operating Officer in order to get
    some degree of satisfaction when they told me they no longer have this
    type of warranty.

    The promised "walk-in, no questions asked" scenario they describe when
    they sell you the warranty no longer exists when one attempts to file a
    claim. Even though I got the COO involved, it took them three days to
    send me a replacement cell phone.

    The Ohio Attorney General has filed suit against Bestbuy for similar
    problems and I filed a complaint with the Texas Attorney General's
    office over my situation. I encourage everyone who has had a similar
    problem file a complaint with his state's Attorney General. It is the
    only way buyers can put a stop to these deceptive practices.

    Check out these links for more information:}&siteid=google&dist=google
    Tivrod, Sep 20, 2004
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    nascar20fan Guest

    I have trhe Circuit City extended warrenty on a few items. I use a
    Palm Pilot quite a bit, and it is always kept in a hard case as well.
    It got dropped one day as i slipped out of my pocket. Well, even
    though it was in the hard case the glass got broken. I took it into
    Circuit City and they replaced it on the spot for me. I paid $40 for
    the two year warrenty, nd about a year after I purchased it I more
    then saved the money with the replacement, as The T5 costed $399 then.

    So personal i have never had a problem with theirs. Now there is some
    things I wouldn't purchase it for, but something like my palm that I
    use all the time and is always where I go, then yes I would.

    Just my 2 cents worth.
    nascar20fan, Oct 20, 2005
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