I just read an article from HDGURU
, that I think this is an extremely urgent eye opener for those consider buying a new flat panel.
Since it's copyrighted, here are some teaser extracts:
A representative informed him that its HDTVs carry a one-year on-site warranty. Fine. But what about parts and service for out of warranty service? Incredibly, the customer service rep replied “there are no out of warranty repairs available, you are basically on you own,” adding that Polaroid does not offer any out of warranty support (including parts), at its US headquarters or through independent TV repair shops.
With no parts and no authorized “out of warranty service available”, what you basically get when you buy a Polaroid is a disposable HDTV— think paper towel. When the warranty expires, if the set breaks, it’s ready for the town dump.
...bringing the total cost of an out of warranty repair cost a staggering $1079. The current cost of a new Visio 42” LCD at Circuit City is $1099. Think of it, twenty bucks more and you get a brand new disposable TV with a new one-year warranty. What a deal!
In a nutshell, the lower prices of tier 2 and tier 3 sets just doesn't seem worth it while top tier manufactures work hard to ensure repeat business.
Stay away from store brands and off label sets!