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Jan. 8th, 2010 09:57 pm (UTC)
I bought a wireless mouse at Office Depot last night. The guy at the checkout asked me if I wanted to buy an extended warranty on it. For a $20 mouse. I blinked at him, and firmly said "No." Extended warranty? Really? On a mouse? Sheesh!
Jan. 8th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I generally reserve buying the warranties on things that make me wince and shudder to consider replacing.
Jan. 9th, 2010 12:29 am (UTC)
I just try really hard not to buy stuff that would make me wince and shudder to consider replacing. This has the added advantage that burglarizing my place is completely worthless (any thief who gets out with >100$ in hot goods resale value has my undying respect...)
Jan. 9th, 2010 02:48 am (UTC)
I usually get an extended warranty on laptops; probably I'd go for one on a high-ticket monitor or TV. Otherwise...

In my 30-odd years of computing I've used warranty repair only four times: twice for (the same) laptop, once for a hard drive (under an IBM 5-year manufacturer's warranty), and once for a computer (my first PC, from Fry's; it took them several tries to make it functional).

I was really happy I'd gotten an extended warranty for that laptop, though.
Jan. 9th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
I just got an iPod, and did opt to get an extended warranty on it because since I've waited so long to get it if something happens to it, well I want it to be covered. Especially since I could NOT afford to replace it out of pocket.

OH! I was wondering- if I email you about a situation can you give me some tips? (Its a customer service thing) I really don't want to mess it up you know?
Jan. 10th, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
yeah sure!

shaddyr (at) yahoo (dot) ca
Jan. 10th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
okay be on the look out for one from my screenname @ gmail . com ;)

Oh and thanks again!!
Jan. 9th, 2010 09:21 am (UTC)
Yeeeeeah. I was already firmly on the side of extended warranties/service plans but working at Future Shop for two months just like, really cemented that.

Another thing manufacturer's warranties usually don't cover? Accessories. And when you're buying, say, a video game console with wires and controllers and etc, those are usually the first thing to die a horrible painful death.

(I realise I am preaching to the choir a bit here, but I feel the need to say this! Because people seemed really surprised whenever I told them about this when they were buying stuff!)
Jan. 10th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
people *are* surprised, because no noe every *reads* the fine print. It just makes sense to me that the periphreals are not included, cuz like you said, they blow first - generlaly because cords and controllers and such take the most abuse.
Jan. 9th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
It depends on the price of the item, honestly. Most of the stuff I get is cheaper to replace than to repair.
Jan. 10th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
::nod:: Yeah, it's kinda silly in my book, to get a service plan on a $25 item.
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