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are service plans worth it for LCD Projection

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#1 of 6 OFFLINE   DanielH



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Posted January 02 2005 - 11:06 AM

I am probably going to be gettign a panasonic 50" lcd projection tv and i wanted to know if it was worth it to get a $400 service plan for 4 years. The salesman claims he receives no money if i get it, but insists that i do get it. He said that the bulb will need replacing b4 the 4 years and also the projector will have to be adjusted after it is moved around (shipped). Is this true or should i skip it and do all adjustments myself, thanks in advance

#2 of 6 OFFLINE   Parker Clack

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Posted January 02 2005 - 12:49 PM

Daniel: In my opinion the service plans that include the cost of replacing the bulb are worth getting. If you are going to be watching your TV on a daily basis the likelihood that the bulb will go out in the time period of the service contract is almost a given. With the cost of replacing the bulb at around $400 then you are basically paying for a replacement bulb, service on the unit and labor to go with it. For a large ticket item like a RPTV I personally believe that a service contract is worth it.

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#3 of 6 OFFLINE   Brian Gi

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Posted January 02 2005 - 04:20 PM

I would definately buy an extended warranty that covers dead pixels on LCD tv's.

#4 of 6 OFFLINE   Michael TLV

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Posted January 02 2005 - 05:07 PM

Greetings There usually is a limit to the number of dead pixels before warranty kicks in. Having a few here and there are considered to be within factory tolerances. There are 3 million of them afterall ... Regards
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#5 of 6 OFFLINE   Phil Tomaskovic

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Posted January 02 2005 - 05:20 PM

Is stuck pixels an issue with LCD projections vs LCD screens like a Sharp LCD tv or LCD computer monitors? I'm not sure what the LCD projectors really have? Is their lcds something that is at a microscopic level like the mirrors on a DLP chip? I don't think it's really the screen that has stuck pixels on a LCD projection, right? Is the cost if one has to replace the LCD "chip" on a lcd projection a large percentage of the set's cost?

#6 of 6 OFFLINE   Mark Larson

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Posted January 02 2005 - 09:10 PM

By the way, the sales monkeys don't get bonuses based on how many PSPs they push, but their managers do. Quite sizeable ones.

Since the managers hold the keys to the sales monkeys' jobs, guess where the pressure comes from. Posted Image

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