Extended Warranties

Extended warranty options

Written by Gail Bjork

Not all extended warranties are created equal. Here’s a look at additional extended warranty coverage options that are offered in some policies.

Extended warranty options

Extended warranties typically have the same coverage terms as the camera  manufacturer. But some warranties are better than others, so take a look at the fine print.

Here is additional coverage you may want when buying  a digital camera extended warranty.

Price drop match

Some extended warranties offer price drop matching. For example , if the warranty has a 30 day price match, and the price of the camera goes down within 30 days, you will be credited the price-difference. You must ask for the credit during the 30 day period. Go to the store on the 31st day and you’ll receive no credit!

No Lemon policy

A good extended warranty has a “no lemon” policy, which allows for the replacement of a digital camera with one of equal value and features if yours can not be repaired.

Cancellation policy & refund

The warranty should have a cancellation clause allowing for a pro-rated refund should you ever wish to cancel the plan.

Transfer of warranty

If you think you may sell your digital camera before the extended warranty ends, make sure the warranty can be transferred to the purchaser of the camera.

Protection beyond manufacturer defect

For some photographers, it may make sense to purchase an extended warranty that provides protection beyond manufacturing defects. They cost more than the others but cover such things as accidental damage to the camera or repair when needed if you’re out of the country.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.