Extended Warranty

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Glenn Dollar, May 11, 2004.

  1. Glenn Dollar

    Glenn Dollar Guest

    I've had a Nikon FTN for 30+ years and never had a problem. Now I buying
    my first digital camera a D70 and they sell extended warranties. How
    reliable are digital cameras? Is a 2year extension worth $184?

    thanks in advance
    $
     
    Glenn Dollar, May 11, 2004
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  2. Glenn Dollar

    freeda Guest

    I've had a Nikon FTN for 30+ years and never had a problem. Now I buying
    Extended warranties are almost always a rip off.
    Nikons never break down anyway, but on the off chance you bought a lemon,
    this will show up in the first year.
     
    freeda, May 11, 2004
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  3. Glenn Dollar

    Zebedee Guest

    www.jessops.co.uk has an excellent extended warranty. I checked on the
    extension for a cheapie camera - the warranty was 15% more expensive than
    the damned camera!

    Agreed. Nikons never break down. Besides, by the time it's more than 2 or 3
    years old, there'll be a newer, better Nikon along that you'll almost
    certainly want to buy.

    I'm not going for a digital SLR until the prices drop to something sensible!
    Not when I can get the Panasonic Fz-10 for less than the price of a Nikon
    35mm lens!

    --
    Yours

    Zebedee

    (Claiming asylum in an attempt
    to escape paying his debts to
    Dougal and Florence)
     
    Zebedee, May 11, 2004
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  4. Glenn Dollar

    freeda Guest

    Agreed. Nikons never break down. Besides, by the time it's more than 2 or
    3
    I tend to be about 5-6 years behind and that keeps my costs down, My latest
    body is a 5 year old F90x, which I just bought for GBP200, who knows, I may
    well get a D70 by 2009.
     
    freeda, May 11, 2004
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  5. Glenn Dollar

    Zebedee Guest

    Got you beaten there!

    I had my first Nikon - an old FM that had been made in the 1960s. It was
    running beautifully, when I bought it from a press photographer in 1990 and
    is still running perfectly. To that I added a second FM and two motordrives.

    These days though, I prefer digital as it's all so much lighter. My days of
    sadomassochism with heavy camera bags are over, I hope.

    --
    Yours

    Zebedee

    (Claiming asylum in an attempt
    to escape paying his debts to
    Dougal and Florence)
     
    Zebedee, May 11, 2004
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  6. Glenn Dollar

    freeda Guest

    I tend to be about 5-6 years behind and that keeps my costs down, My
    You have. my best is my old F301, my second SLR bought when I was 14 around
    15 years ago (I think it was about 2 years old then) It is still one of my
    fave cameras and still going strongly. The only time it has seen the inside
    of a repair shop is when I dropped it 15 feet off the top of a ladder onto
    concrete, even then all it needed was a new focusing screen. (obviously the
    lens was trashed).
    I have to say that Nikons really do seem indestructable, I have owned 8 in
    the past 15 years and I am a very clumsy person, and they have never let me
    down.
    I am considering going digital as the price of a good Digi SLR has now sunk
    to a reasonable level. I am already semi digital, I just get my negs
    processed then scan them, and do all my own printing, or take a CD to the
    lab., so I suppose I am almost there.
     
    freeda, May 11, 2004
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  7. Glenn Dollar

    Zebedee Guest

    I recall the F301. It was a camera I nearly bought secondhand when I made a
    blunder and bought a Pentax Super A (horrible camera). In the end, I sold
    the Super A after 9 months of abysmal service and several trips back to
    Pentax. As I recall, I bought my FM in 1990. That means that I was offered
    the secondhand F301 a year earlier in 1989 so it must have been out in 1988
    according to my calculations. I could look at my Nikon history book but I'm
    too lazy to go and find it.
    I considered doing that too. In the end, the immediacy of digital is what
    won. My scanner was abysmally slow so I'd have needed a new scanner. My 35mm
    compact (compactness is why I went digital) was not quite as sharp as I
    would have liked plus I needed photos for a work project. In the end, I
    bought a cheap digital and took adequate photos then got interested and
    bought a better one before finally selling that and getting my current Nikon
    digital compacts. Both are 3 megapixel, which is adequate for my needs. Last
    year on holiday I took 1,500 photos. Of the 1,500, some 1250 were excellent
    and the remainder so-so. Now imagine doing that with film! I could carry all
    those photos in a pack of memory cards in one shirt pocket and had the
    camera in the other!

    --
    Yours

    Zebedee

    (Claiming asylum in an attempt
    to escape paying his debts to
    Dougal and Florence)
     
    Zebedee, May 11, 2004
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  8. For the sake of being devil's advocate, I will contrast everyone here...
    I used to work at Best Buy so I know the inner workings of these things...
    (Feel free to yell at me or Best Buy.. I don't even work there anymore)

    Seriously I believe the "extended warranty" is a rip-off. However please
    note that extended warranties and other offerings (such as Best Buy's
    "Performance Service Plan" (PSP) are extremely different. Extended
    warranties cover manufacturer's defects. I have only found one in any of my
    camera -- which occured on the fourth year. It's negligable so I still use
    it to this day (shutter was a bit too fast -- chipped an extremely small bit
    of the mirror -- in no way affects the prints). However a PSP, as well as
    many other companies' versions of them, while covering the manufacturers'
    defects, also covers many other types of problems. The most common in
    digital cameras is the battery. A D70 (I haven't researched) probably has a
    lithium-ion battery (or similar rechargable battery). After recharging over
    and over, the battery wears out and eventually is useless. A PSP covers the
    battery, so you don't have to pay for a new one. Often, the battery dies
    after a year of normal usage. Then again, the battery's price is generally
    around $20, so it's somewhat negligable. Best Buy's PSP is a 4 year plan, so
    you're looking at about $80 in batteries. I believe (remember I don't work
    there anymore) that the PSP is about $40. So that's where I put my stand.

    Extended warranty = crap
    Plan = good, sometimes

    Just remember, the plans conver normal usage. This would include your
    stupidity to slam (well not slam, but rotate too much) the zoom on an SLR
    and turn it too far. On the Sonys especially, they cover the LCD screen
    which is a touch-screen (very easily broken). So plans cover much more.
    Generally, I agree, though. If it's an extended warranty, don't buy it. And
    seriously, dont' by anything for nearly $200.

    -- Matt
     
    Matthew Del Buono, May 12, 2004
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  9. Warranties are a gamble -- manufacturers aren't offering extended warranties
    themselves in most cases. Underwriters provide insurance; the bet is that
    the majority of buyers will forget or be lazy about pursuing the warranty.
    Consumer Reports statistics show that 80% of extended warranties are never
    used. That's easy money for the manufacturer and the underwriter.

    $184 is about 20% of the purchase price of the D70. Better than buying the
    extension is to pay yourself (this only works if you are thrifty): during
    the 3-year manufacturer's warranty, deposit $10 each month in a special
    account. You'll have $360 to put towards repairs. Or a partial payment on a
    new camera. Read the fine print.
     
    Larry CdeBaca, May 12, 2004
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  10. Larry CdeBaca, May 12, 2004
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