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Do i buy the extended warrenty?

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    I just bought an IPAD 2 and Best Buy told me I have 14 days to decide. It's called the BLACK TIE protection. It will cost $329.00 for two years which will include:
    Geek Squad Tech Support in store for up to 3 computing devices (they said it will include my Dell laptop), setup and shield with install.....

    What do you think? I'd love your input.
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    Mrs bought my iPad from John Lewis in the uk, they sell iPad at the same price as everyone else but offer 2 yr warranty free,
    I've added my pad to my banks gadget insurance so it's insured free too.
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    Ohh also you should be covered by your statutory rights. The 1year warranty has to be offered by law, statutory rights cover the design life to cost of an item, I had an issue with my washing.machine as it failed at 20 mths old, the shop said it was out side the 1 yr warranty so tuff basically , when I asked for the manager and quoted. My stat rights I got an exchange,,,,,woot.
    On the other hand I bought my first 42" plasma tv not even hd for £2700 the 5 yr cover cost me £900 lol."..tv never had a problem and for £900 now I could have bought a 50"3d tv. Ahhhh we'll. Live and learn

    I do find it amusing when a cashier offered me extended warranty on a £20. Veg steamer lol
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    Giving Best Buy $329.00 up from for extended warranty on a well built electronic device is expensive insurance in my opinion.

    Your iPad2 is covered for a full year under Apple's manufacturers warranty. You can extend that warranty an additional year for $79.00.

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    Just to clairify the BB extended covers accidental damage from handling...I've dropped my smartphone twice ....cracked screen. Do IPAD have any huge issues?
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    Yikes, that's an expensive plan. I don't buy extra coverage, but if I did, I'd go with SquareTrade, which is reputable and often offers discount codes.
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    Then I would recommend protection like the Otterbox "Defender" series case for your iPad. It retails for $89.00 + $79.00 to extend your warranty to 2 years. You're ahead $160.00

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    Thanks all so much for your input....so....If I get the otterbox defender....can I use the Targus Versavu Keyboard and Case, which is what I wanted to get for protection/keyboard. (your thoughts on this case?) also where do I sign up for the extended warrenty and does it cover dropping/broken screen?

    I'm so not savvy about all this IPAD stuff... but I do know it will make my life easier!!!

    Thanks again!
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    Excellent advice!
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    Glad it worked out.
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    Just a note about extended warranties in general. Companies would not offer them if the average customer needed them. Their profit comes from the fact that electronic devices are typically subject to "infant mortality," i.e. they fail soon after purchase or not at all. Second, buying a three year warranty on an iPad is a lot like buying a twenty year warranty on your automobile; you're very likely to replace the iPad before the warranty expires. Finally, I would be especially skeptical about purchasing a warranty that assured me a member of the Best Buy Geek Squad would be repairing my iPad.
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    i didn't buy the extended warrenty, i think it is unnecessary, buy whether buy or not, it all depends on you.
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    My bank account comes with extras I.e. breakdown insurance phone insurance etc.
    I phoned them today to register iPad for gadget insurance and they said I get extended warranty on any electrical items I register that were purchased within 3 mths
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    I didn't either. I have found that electronics have a tendency to crap the bed within the first year, usually the first month, if they are bad. The lack of moving parts in most devices these days eliminates a lot of the wear and tear issues where a warranty might come in handy. I remember the days of the VCR and how complex those could get. iPads though are elegantly simple in many ways and are likely to either work right away or NOT work right away. YMMV :)
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    Hi, Psy.

    Which bank is that? My Amex card used to offer similar insurance which also covered theft, but that was before I retired and switched from gold card to the standard one.

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    Thanks. I live in Japan and will have to see if there's anything comparable here. I doubt it, though...
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    dont buy that plan if you want a good warrntey for ipad check out mack warrntys evey good

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