Dan Scott

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Generally I avoid warranties like the plague. I did buy an extended warranty on a phone I bought a few years ago. Worked out well when the non-replaceable battery started dying in the second year--even though it should have been considered a manufacturer defect.

For laptops that we loan out to students at our library, however, we buy extended warranties that cover damage due to drops, etc. This protects the students from heinous charges when the inevitable accidents happen.