- Mar 22, 2012
- Real Name
- Chris Peterson
For this type of stuff, extended warranties are a complete waste. Basically flushing cash down the toilet.
In general terms, I agree.
However — and granting that this is the exception rather than the rule — I had one good experience, with a Panasonic DMR-EH50 DVD recorder. When its original warranty was up they offered a two-year extension for something like $30, and I took it. About a year later, the hard drive failed and the machine shut down. A Panasonic authorized service shop (not a box store) replaced the drive at no charge and gave it back to me about a week later. This was when hard drives were expensive due to flooding in Taiwan, where most drives were made. (BTW, the recorder and drive still work!)
Side note: I've always had good luck with Panasonic DVD and blu-ray players. I have a DMP-BD85 that still works despite no firmware upgrades in at least a few years, and I'd have happily bought a Panasonic 4k player when I started down that road, but the only ones I could find then were very expensive.
I have a Sony UBP-X800 which has yet to give me any trouble, even with BD-100 discs.