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Warranties - reducing to zero?

 
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I've run across items that are more than $1000, and yet the warranty is only one year ... good grief!

We either have "disposable" items (not easily fixable) that are up to a $1000, or items that are more than that but warranty barely covers shipping and setup time, with anywhere from one-month to one-year warranties. A one-yr warranty on an expensive item shouts out "don't buy me ... you'll be sorry"!

I try not to buy any "major" item with less than a 3-yr warranty, but the goalposts keep moving on me ... not sure where manufacturing and warranties are going.
 
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This must be a country thing, here everything comes with a 2 year warranty it has to that is what the law states, some things come with a longer one but that is up to the manufacturer.
 
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Most items I buy have at least a one year warranty, the hand tools often have a lifetime warranty. And some things you can purchase an extended warranty for.
 
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I have reached a point that I ignore warranties.  Too many have been worthless.
 
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I have found some companies warranties to be complete bullshit; Dewalt, for example, fixed less than half of the stuff I sent in 'under warranty', and they no longer have a depot that wouldn't take a day and hundreds of dollars to reach.. so the cost of shippong for potentially no result isn't worth it.

Milwaukee's warranty is somewhat better on paper, but there is a dropoff location that I pass every couple months, and they have always replaced failed stuff with brand new. It's a much smaller sample size since the failure rate seems far lower.

So, in practice the dewalt items have effectively no warranty.. but the milwaukee ones have exactly what they claim.

The problem is that you never know which category a brand is without experience... and things change. When I still bought dewalt tools, they used the same repair shop as milwaukee for a warranty depot.. then dewalt stopped working with them, and didn't arrange a replacement.
 
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