Nothing in life is a sure thing. For example, let’s say you purchase a digital camera and it breaks (as even the best technical devices can do) – that could be devastating. But if you have a store warranty then you are in luck as a photo store warranty usually guarantees you will either get a refund, another camera or store credit – depending on the details of the warranty.
Camera stores want you to buy their warranties – it is extra income for them but it also can save you a lot of hassle in the long run.
Whether a good digital camera accidentally falls onto the hard cement, submerges unintentionally in water, or gets played with by well-meaning children — even the finest of electronics can break under those conditions and others.
Therefore, a store warranty for a good digital camera can be a very strategic investment.
- Store warranties ensure a level of service that will solve may problems easily. By paying a bit extra to buy an extended warranty ensures that if the digital camera breaks “…it’s easy to return the item that you have purchased. The reason for this is that you don’t have to wait from the RMA and you don’t have to hope that you will get a new item soon, but rather if the store no longer carries your item they will give you store credit for the original price or a refund, giving you the freedom to purchase a better newer model from them,” according to Yahoo Voices.
- Even if you have a product warranty that gets sent back to the manufacture there is no guarantee that the manufacturer will send you a better product. Yahoo Voices says that “…the benefit to exchanging in the store is that if the product is defective you can take it back immediately and receive an item that is not defective without all of the hassle.”
- An electronics store will upgrade you free of charge and “…If they do not have your model, chances are you will receive either store credit or a refund. Meaning you won’t lose any money, but you might have to pay more to get an equivalent model,” says Yahoo Voices.
“If you decide to go with a store warranty, be sure to choose a company that has been in business for a long time,” says Jonathan Davis, Marketing Director for 42nd Street Photo, “our store has been in business for over 50 years so you know we stand by our products.” In the recent economic downturn, many smaller camera stores were not able to stay in business and had to look for business loans and other financing alternatives in order to stay afloat.