Note: I wanted to put this in off topic but I don't have access, so this seamed the next best spot.
I am looking into this set up - Samsung PN50B550 HDTV + Hook-up Kit + Power Protection + Calibration + Tilt Mount |BeachCamera.com
and that online store is pushing an extended warranty plan from Mack. The warranty cost $115 and covers the set for 3 years after the manufactures' warranty ends, seems pretty standard, but I've been finding negative review after negative review about Mack (example - Mack Warranty - Bad Experience - Beware of these guys - Photo.net Filter, Bags, Tripods and Accessories Forum
). So I went looking for other companies that specialize in product warranties and found two places that caught my eye, one being TV Extended Warranty and Extended Service Plans at DTV Express - Front Projector Warranties
and the other being squaretrade.com
DTVexpress.com offers a 3 year warranty for $118. The company has been around for about 12 years and I've read is partnered up with another company that has been around for 2 decades. They also get a good rating from this organization - BBB Review of DTV Express in Atlanta, GA
but other than that, I know little about them.
Squaretrade.com seems relatively new, though their website claims they have been around for 10 years, and their 3 year warranty is $175, but the consumer reviews have been amazingly positive.
This website gives Squaretrade a 9.43/10 with 182 reviews - SquareTrade - squaretrade.com - Reviews, Ratings and Prices at ResellerRatings
And this site gives them 4.5/5 out of 631 reviews - SquareTrade Inc Reviews. Buying guides & consumer product reviews at Epinions.com
As well as this thread where people are giving them lots of love - Experience with SquareTrade warranty (vs manufacturers)? - Tablet PC Forums, Discussion and Support
So does anyone here have experience with these companies or extended warranties in general? Is there a better option out there? It seems that a few years ago most people considered extended warranties to be a rip off, but as manufacturers started to tighten up their warranties it I hear more praise for the extended package.