hello, I ran across something that kind of interested me when I looked further into it. I am planning on getting the D600 sometime this month. I am possibly considering getting an extended warranty with the camera for the fact I don't plan on getting another DSLR for a few years after this unless I come across some out of this world deal or offer down the road on something really nice. here's the deal SquareTrade is one of the avaliable warranty extension programs. they offer a 3 year unconditional damage for $315. Wal-Mart offers a 3 year unconditional for $149. no sales tax if I go through B&H and I have to pay 6.5% sales tax through walmart. so walmart totals = $280 with both warranty and tax. my question is is walmart good to deal with if I have an issue? or am I better off with square trade? has anybody dealt with walmart on special order high dollar items that have had to use this warranty before? thanks in advance for your input. :)
Wal-Mart extended warranty on high dollar camera gear? any good?(5 posts) (4 voices)
No experience with Wal-Mart. However I have used square trade and have had to get a large LED HD TV fixed. They just swapped it out. Another one to check out that I have used for cameras is Mack Camera or Mackcam dot com. They offer two free sensor cleanings during the 3 year period and they will attempt repairs themselves, and will handle the repair with Nikon if that is what is needed. I think it was $199 for $1000-$1500 worth of gear. They will cover a body and a lens if purchased together.
No affiliation with either of these, just a satisfied customer.
One of my friends had a mack warranty on his D700 a while back. he never had to use it, but from what I understand he talked to someone who used theirs on a different piece of gear. and I guess that person did not have a good experience with mack. and they have slipped a little in the "following through" with their end of the deal, and were doing what they could to get out of their part of the agreement with people when issues arise. but that's what I heard, so don't hold me to it. I have not dealt with any of these companies on their warranty policies whatsoever. I wish Best Buy would re-offer their 10-15% off coupon on their cameras again. I bought my D7000 that way and I saved an additional $60 over what every internet retailer sold them for and that was after tax! that way I could score points with Best Buy and my Visa card at the same time.
My suspicion is the most likely problem with a camera is going to be if it is dropped. A homeowners "full risk" policy covers incidental damage and is a lot less expensive if you have a lot of gear. IMO the extended warranties are not recommended by the large consumer testing groups...(Consumer Reports, for example)
I'm 100% with msmoto on this one; ask yourself a question.........why do you suppose those companies "offer" those "warranties" to start with ? Think they're doing it to save YOU money ? If you answered "yes", I have a large bridge in Brooklyn you may be interested in......
Take CARE of your equipment ! Don't DROP your camera ! Use a neck strap, use a wrist strap! (my favorite); tie the thing around your middle for Pete's sake; but just DON"T drop it ! I've had cameras since 1951.......the next one I drop one will be the first one ! How much do you think I would have spent since 1951 if I had bought "warranties" against dropping ? (Probably enough to go buy a new D-4 (which I don't even need) Save your money; (you're gonna need it)
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