Okay, I'm convinced...I'm going to by a value pack for the D50 from buy dig...but before I do I wanted to know if anyone that has bought from them has taken the extended warranty and/or have they used it with no trouble. Also, does Nikon offer their own warranty through them. Thanks Robin
I'm not a fan of extended warranties for anything. Over many years I've found that if it's going to break it will do so fairly soon after purchase (during the factory warranty). If I had put the money for extended warranties into the bank and only used it for out of warranty repairs I would have a rather healthy bank balance. Of course other peoples experiences may vary.
The reason I'm taking it is because I bought a Kodak P & s 2 years ago and paid 400.00 for it and didnt take the warranty for it and it broke in 13months...right out of warranty. Now the camera shop wants 150.00 to fix it but I was already set to go to an SLR anyway so now I figure with paying this much money for it. I'm going to get the extdended warranty with it. I just don't want one that I pay for and they really don't do anything to fix it or I have problems with it. Thanks again Robin
>The reason I'm taking it is because I bought a Kodak P & s 2 >years ago and paid 400.00 for it and didnt take the warranty >for it and it broke in 13months...right out of warranty. Now >the camera shop wants 150.00 to fix it but I was already set >to go to an SLR anyway >Robin
Just think. If you had paid for the warranty you would have had less money in the bank to buy the DSLR that you say you were going to buy regardless. Just out of interest I'm lost on the time frame. Are you saying your Kodak camera has been broken for 9 months? That's a lot of lost photo opportunities.
Here's my take on extended warranties. I'm 52 years old and I have a family of 4. Over my adult life I have purchased TV's, stereos, washer and dryers, refrigerators, computers, printers, scanners, cameras, coffee makers, microwave ovens, CD players, ipods, cell phones, etc. etc. If I had purchased every extented warranty that has been offered to me in my life, I would have paid thousands of dollars. Yes I've certainly had to have things repaired over the years, but I have spent no where near the money on repairs that I would have spent on warranties.
That's my story and I'm stickin to it....
Some people are like slinky toys, not really good for anything, but still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs....
My experience with extended warranties is that there is always some excuse for them to not honour it. Either claim that it's your fault and they don't cover accidents/whatever, or that the warranty never covered that particular situation anyway.
Stores make something like 80% profit on offering those warranties (why do you think they do it? because they like you?) I remember reading somewhere that big box stores like best buy greater than 50% of their over all profit comes from things like extended warranties.
Something to think about. if you pay $150 for an extended warranty now and in 2 years that company is out of business, or refuses you service you are so out of luck.
Also you've let them make money with your money for 2 years, even if they do offer you service.
Manufacturers offer warranties because they want you to have a good experience and keep buying their products (and the average cost of repairing cameras is built into their purchase price) stores offer warranties because they make a tonne of money, and most people never claim (either they have replaced the device before the warranty kicks in, or forgot they even bought the extended warranty, or lost the original receipt, etc.)