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Old 09-07-05, 06:41 PM
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Is the Protection Plan for the iPod a Good Investment?

I'm about to take Amazon up on their discounted 20GB iPod Photo and was wondering if the optional Apple Protection Plan is a sound investment. I've heard some horror stories about iPods going south after the warranty expires, but at the same time, my, uh, thriftyness has me thinking twice about tacking on the expensive additional charge. So yay or nay?
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Old 09-07-05, 07:06 PM
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I never do it, personally.
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The only stories I've heard are essentially bitching about the battery. Still, you've got a year. Anything goes wrong, battery dies etc. and they'll replace/fix it for free. With Applecare it's extended to 2 years. If the battery dies after the warrenty expires, Apple will replace it for $59, and there's plenty of 3rd party companies that will do it even cheaper with longer lasting replacements.

That being said, I never do it either.
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Are extended warrenties *ever* a good investment?
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Old 09-08-05, 10:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Al Padrino
...discounted 20GB iPod Photo
Are you talking about the "Apple 20 GB iPod Photo MA079LL/A" available for $262.19 from "WholesalersClub"?
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Old 09-08-05, 10:24 AM
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It's not an "investment" at all.

Extended warranties are like casino bets...the house always wins. There's a reason appliance and electronices push them move than they push the actual products.
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Originally Posted by Otto
Are extended warrenties *ever* a good investment?
Two words for you:

Microsoft X-box
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Old 09-08-05, 10:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Y2K Falcon
Are you talking about the "Apple 20 GB iPod Photo MA079LL/A" available for $262.19 from "WholesalersClub"?
Yeah. Is that a bad thing?
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Old 09-08-05, 11:28 AM
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Oh, I just wasn't sure if there was an astoundingly great price I've been missing. Is that remarkable less than other places? I know the 30GB has been $60 more at costco for the last several months...
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Old 09-08-05, 11:31 AM
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Just seems like most of the places I've looked around have the 20GB Photo for around $300. I think I saw the regular 20GB for around $270 a couple weeks ago. We don't have a Costco here, so that's sort of out of the question. I'm going out of town in a week, so I'm trying to snag one as soon as I can. So far, that model on Amazon looks to be the winner.
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Old 09-08-05, 11:32 AM
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My take on warranties is that instead of paying for them for every electronic device I buy, I can use the money saved by not getting them to replace anything I have that actually breaks.

Most things that break are lemons and break within the first year anyway so you're usually covered by the manufacturers warranty or the credit cards warranty if you have a good card.
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Old 09-08-05, 11:43 AM
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I'm going out of town in a week...
I find that there's an inverse relationship between how long I am willing to wait on an item and how far it has to come to get to me. If you start pondering paying for expedited shipping (don't know how much it is, maybe it's only $5) then you might just want to pick one up at $300, say at Compusa or CC or something. The 60GB seems to "only" be $399.
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Old 09-08-05, 12:07 PM
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Good point. For the sake of it, I went to checkout and it's $11 to ship and it wouldn't be shipping until 9/14 (which is the day I leave). I suppose I'll just swing by BB and pick one up. The RZ membership will serve somewhat like a $10 rebate, meaning there's not too much of a price difference between that and Amazon's price.

Just so I know, do they sell them at Sam's Club? I don't have a membership anymore, but I would consider getting one again if the price were substantially better.
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Originally Posted by Otto
Are extended warrenties *ever* a good investment?
Yes.

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It's not an "investment" at all.

Extended warranties are like casino bets...the house always wins. There's a reason appliance and electronices push them move than they push the actual products.
Not always. When new technology is released it may be worth it. Look at all the problems the PS2, Xbox and DVD players had when they were released. On existing technology, I wouldn't waste my time.
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I opted to go through the Apple Store, since I remembered I could get a student discount. Hopefully it gets here before I leave Wednesday night, but if not, oh well. I can live without it for one trip.
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I opted to go through the Apple Store, since I remembered I could get a student discount. Hopefully it gets here before I leave Wednesday night, but if not, oh well. I can live without it for one trip.
Good luck getting it in time.

I'm sure that if you left an address, an otter would be more than glad to get it out of your mailbox while you are out of town, to keep it safe and all.
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Old 09-08-05, 06:02 PM
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173-wait a minute!

Oh, you're a crafty one. While we're on the subject, anyone ever buy from the Apple store and could inform me/us about their delivery time. Where are they located, too; that may play into how quickly I get it, too.
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Shouldn't be too bad. Its not like you bought an item that's backordered. You can check shipping status either by visiting the Apple Store website, or calling them up and inquiring.
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Originally Posted by Al Padrino
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173-wait a minute!

Oh, you're a crafty one. While we're on the subject, anyone ever buy from the Apple store and could inform me/us about their delivery time. Where are they located, too; that may play into how quickly I get it, too.
It comes to America from China by way of Anchorage. That said, I got mine in about a week from when I placed the order.
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Old 09-08-05, 10:39 PM
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Are extended warrenties *ever* a good investment?
It really depends on what product you purchase. I you buy a DLP TV the answer would be yes. The bulb for most DLP TVs are around $500.00 and this alone will pay for the cost of the warranty.
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Also, one should weigh in the extended warranty offered FREE when purchasing items on a VISA or Mastercard.
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