Warranty Scams and Avoiding Them — TechVirtuosity

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Not Every Warranty is Good

Understanding Warranty Conditions

  • Added conditions can have limits on how often the device is used. Typically known as fair use.
  • They will specify normal use conditions and explain what isn’t covered, such as drops or spills.
  • Some warranties require a receipt or something to show proof that you purchased the device or extended warranty.
  • Conditions may cover cheaper components like phone batteries but not major ones like a new screen.

Indirect Smartphone Warranty Scams

Smartphones Aren’t That Covered

Key Tips for Spotting the Bad Warranties

  • Does the warranty cover typical wear and tear?
  • Does the warranty only cover manufacturer flaws and for how long?
  • Is the price of an extended warranty worth it?
  • Is the company known for providing great customer service?
  • Do you know the company trying to sell the warranty to you?

Those questions cover a wide range of scenarios but they will help you in making informed decisions. The last question you may only ever use if you get a phone call or email claiming to offer you additional warranties.

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Originally published at techvirtuosity.com on January 28, 2019.

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