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Best Buy Extended Warranty Tv


Whatever it's called, these warranties are usually limited in time and scope. Thus, you'll frequently find the item's reseller (sometimes the manufacturer) trying to (up) sell you on extra coverage. That coverage is called an extended warranty, or sometimes a "protection plan" or "service plan/contract." The latter are more accurate, as no one can really extend a warranty except the original manufacturer.




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There's a whole ecosystem of third-party firms that provide extended warranties, especially for consumer electronics and appliances, with names like Asurion, Assurant, and SquareTrade (owned by AllState). You may even have coverage with one of them and not know it, as they're used by many retailers. Amazon works with several of them.


These companies aren't offering extended warranties out of altruism. They're doing it because service plans make crazy amounts of money. The market(Opens in a new window) for such plans (including for automobiles) was worth $120.79 billion in 2019, and during the summer of COVID (in 2020) was projected to hit $169.82 billion by 2027, according to Allied Market Research.


Here's the big secret: it typically doesn't cost that much to repair most items. The cost of a single repair is usually less than the cost of an extended warranty. Consumer Reports once put the median cost at $136 for a service plan for electronics, but only 16 bucks more for the repair. The difference is negligible. Just save the money.


By federal law, if you buy something for over $15 new at a retailer, they have to let you see any written express warranty. Do that before you pay for an extended warranty; you may find in the fine print you don't need to spend anything extra.


The tales of extended warranties paying off are certainly out there, but you are far more likely to find an expert opinion (we read several) that states flat out: saving up a little cash for a possible repair is a much smarter investment than actually purchasing the extended warranty when pressed. At the very least, read the other fine print on any extended warranty thoroughly because there will be plenty of limitations on the coverage.


Don't buy products labeled "as is" or you may not have much recourse to go after a manufacturer via your state's implied warranty laws. ("As is" doesn't work in 11 states plus D.C.(Opens in a new window)) Always know the retailer's return policy as well: don't buy it if the reseller says you can't return it in a reasonable amount of time if it breaks.


This depends on a major factor: How often are you going to break your phone? In 2018, 66% of owners damaged their phones in the first year, but that research(Opens in a new window) was issued by SquareTrade, one of the major extended warranty companies. New research suggests that two smartphone screens crack every second in the US.


If you're the type to scratch or crack a screen once or twice, don't worry about it. Those are easily fixed for relatively little money (at least in comparison to paying for an extended warranty). You also can turn to your homeowner's or renter's insurance in some cases. More on that below.


The rate of repairs on a modern flat-screen television? About 7%. Skip the extended warranty. Instead, make sure you've purchased that big screen on a credit card with some extra warranty protection. (That advice goes for any electronics purchase, period.) The average TV repair(Opens in a new window) only costs $207, which you can save for.


During the Warranty Period, if the original manufacture of the material or workmanship of the Product is determined to be defective by an authorized Insignia repair center or store personnel, Insignia will (at its sole option): (1) repair the Product with new or rebuilt parts; or (2) replace the Product at no charge with new or rebuilt comparable products or parts. Products and parts replaced under this warranty become the property of Insignia and are not returned to you. If service of Products or parts are required after the Warranty Period expires, you must pay all labor and parts charges. This warranty lasts as long as you own your Insignia Product during the Warranty Period. Warranty coverage terminates if you sell or otherwise transfer the Product.


To obtain in-home warranty service for a television with a screen 42 inches or larger, in the United States call 1-888-BESTBUY or in Canada call 1-866-BESTBUY. Call agents will diagnose and correct the issue over the phone or will have an Insignia-approved repair technician dispatched to your home.


This warranty is valid only in the United States and Canada at Best Buy branded retail stores or websites to the original purchaser of the product in the country where the original purchase was made.


If the prices are the same, and the models are generally the same or similar, where do you head? Good question. There are pros and cons to the top US stores, including warranty and return policies, but a major thing to consider is the nature of the store's TV section itself. None offer the ideal viewing environment to compare picture quality, but some are better than others. I visited a bunch of local stores to find out which one was best.


Walmart offers a Protection Plan extended warranty, via Allstate, that covers "mechanical and electrical failures from normal use." Assuming the issue is covered, it will "repair your item. If we can't repair it, we'll send you a replacement or reimburse you for one." It does not cover burn-in.


Target offers extended warranties from SquareTrade (which is owned by Allstate). It says if it can't repair it within five days of receiving it, it'll refund the cost of the warranty. For TVs, it'll "send a repair provider to your house to fix it." It does not cover burn-in.


Costco has a 90-day return policy on TVs. It also offers two years of tech support. Most impressively, it automatically increases the manufacturer's warranty to two years. If you use its credit card, Costco will bump that up an additional two years. For reference, TVs typically come with one year parts and labor, or in some cases, one year for parts and 90 days for labor.


BJ's Wholesale has a 90-day return policy and a lifetime tech support line. It offers Protection Plus extended warranties through Asurion that don't cover "burned-in phosphor in cathode ray tubes or any other type of display." OLED TVs don't have phosphors, but it's a safe bet that bit of semantics won't fool anyone if you try to use the warranty.


There are tech support and extended warranty options, but both cost extra. Both are covered under its Geek Squad banner, and with TVs over 42 inches, it'll come to your house. Most interestingly, this warranty does cover burn in: "Pixel repair and burn-in coverage for TVs. We'll get your screen back to pristine condition if your pixels start looking weird or a shadow image sticks."


For larger TVs and home theater systems, Best Buy will perform in-home service, but only if the manufacturer's warranty covers that or if you had things installed by Geek Squad (another massive upsell). Otherwise, you'll need to bring whatever it is into the store.


Now, coverage for these products is pretty decent: you get pixel burnout and burn-in repair, power surge repair, full parts and labor coverage, one-time bulb replacement for projectors, home theater speaker coverage, reinstallation and recalibration (if you intitally purchased those services through Geek Squad), and extended coverage for various appliance parts.


In my experience, these protection plans are only worth it if you're spending over $1500 on the product. The price of the plans is often exorbitant and unnecessary. The employee might give you a "deal" on the protection plan, but read on to find out why that's not the best for you, the customer. Most current LED TVs don't experience terrible burn-in unless they're cheaply made or there's a manufacturer defect (which you'll likely experience within the first year). Unless you're absolutely cranking your speakers all the time, they shouldn't blow unless there's a defect (remember that you always get what you pay for with speakers). Home appliances is an iffy category, especially depending on the appliance. There's a lot you can fix yourself on larger appliances, but I would indeed consider protection for larger appliance like fridges, ranges, washers, and dryers.


So you really need to consider your usage and whether or not you're comfortable fixing something yourself. If you have absolutely no knowledge of troubleshooting, then a Geek Squad plan may be best for you, especially if you're a power user who absolutely counts on their computer for work or other needs. I wouldn't buy a plan for a tablet, though unless you're buying the highest-end devices. Even then, that's probably an iPad, and AppleCare+ is the better deal.


They essentially cover everything Best Buy does (outlined above), but at much better rates. For example, if you purchase a laptop priced between $500 and $5000, the three-year plan is only $95. That covers your hardware, including normal wear and tear and accidental damage. Now that is absolutely worth it. Buying a TV between $1000 and $5000? $163 for a four-year plan. They'll even include in-home service if the manufacturer's warranty covers it.


When you make a big purchase, it makes sense to want a warranty. Knowing you have a year or two of defense against accidental damage or product defects makes it a lot easier to spend a few hundred (or a few thousand) dollars, right?


In practice, an extended warranty is even better. For big purchases, you might pay a bigger chunk up front, but you end up getting three or four years of warranty coverage. When it averages out to something like $100 a year on an $800 purchase, that makes a lot of sense.


There are some almost suspiciously affordable extended warranties on Amazon, however. For example, you can buy the 40-inch TCL S325 for $200 from Amazon, and get a three or four year extended warranty (or a "Protection Plan") for $4.74 or $9.03, respectively. At those prices, why wouldn't you? 041b061a72


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