Buying an 'Extended Service Plan' good idea for an expensive TV? v.LCD TV

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  1. mucky

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    I bought a 40" Sony LCD HDTV last week and talked the manager into letting me use a 10% off coupon for it along with the sale price of the unit if I bought the service plan with it. Originally, I did this so that I can use the coupon and had intentions on returning the service plan the week after.

    Now I'm thinking, should I keep it? The service plan cost $360 for 5 years.
     
  2. Javi

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    where did you get the TV?
     
  3. mucky

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    Circuit City
     
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    How much is the TV? What's the store warranty? If you do get it, it's only $6 a month.
     
  5. Skoles

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    I hear that the Plasma & LCD HDTV's have a life of something like 5-8yrs. The Plasma ones are in the 5 range.

    That's some bullshit technology right there if you have screens dying out after such a short time. I won't hop on the HDTV wagon until that improves.
     
  6. mucky

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    TV msrp was $3500. The sale price was $3200. With coupon, it was $2880. Then with the rewards thing, I get $140 back for store credit.
     
  7. johnson

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    $2880 for a 40". :mamoru:
     
  8. mucky

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    What are you basing the years off of? As I recall, the life on most LCDs are 60000-80000 hours.
     
  9. mucky

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    :hsugh: LCD TV's aren't cheap. And the Sony Bravia XBR are one of the best, if not the best, of in the LCD crowd.
     
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  11. Wayfaerer

    Wayfaerer Come play with us, Danny. OT Supporter

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    Considering I had to have the lamp in my 50" LCD projection TV replaced today under warranty. I would say...yes.
     
  12. mucky

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    LCD projections and LCD flat panels are two different types of bulbs. Changing the bulbs on LCD rear projections should be a routine maintenance thing every 2-3 years, I heard.
     
  13. brackac

    brackac Fuck all of this. OT Supporter

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    Only thing I have ever purchased an extended service plan was for my new 55" HDTV. Being able to have it repaired, calibrated, and/or replaced is nice.
     
  14. Wayfaerer

    Wayfaerer Come play with us, Danny. OT Supporter

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    Yeah, I think the bulb is supposed to last 10,000 hours, and costs 250 bucks.
     
  15. mucky

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    Bulbs on the Flat panel LCD should last for at least 60,000 hours.
     
  16. Jester

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    Flat panel LCDs are pretty much bulletproof. I wouldn't buy a warranty on one.
     
  17. Skoles

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    I forget where I read the article. But it was talking about the pro's/con's of newer sets.
     
  18. mucky

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    I have a lot of doubts on that article.
     
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    :werd: The newer plasmas will probably give you 8-12, depending on use, and the newer LCDs should yield 10-16 or something like that. Not at all unreasonable.
     

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