It might not be worth paying extra for extended warranties, but it's certainly worth exercising the ones you already get. But what happens if there's a problem and you can't find the documentation? Reader Alan recommends taping the warranty to the device itself.
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The concept apparently came up during a chat between Alan and a mate, which he thoughtfully forwarded to us. After briefly discussing the notion of keeping game receipts inside game covers (itself not a bad idea), they get to the nub of the issue:
My mate has a projector, has its warranty taped onto the bottom. No one every thinks of doing that. Next time I buy something I'm totally taping the warranty onto it!!
For large items that's a pretty reasonable idea, though part of me would worry about the heat generated by a projector or big-screen TV. However, if you're not the type to keep a neat "warranties" folder in your filing cabinet, it's worth considering. For an electronic solution, check out previously mentioned Warranty Elephant