Extended warranties in general get a very bad press but I have to say that whilst I'm very wary and don't take them out on a lot of stuff, I've just reaped the benefits with an amazing deal. Five years ago I bought a Sony KP41S4 from Comet and figured I'd take the extended warranty. It cost £300 but because rear projection sets can be expensive to fix I did it. After a year or so it went wrong because a roof leak let water into it and it needed a new PCB and tube (click up over £1000 of repair value). The best bit, however, is it went wrong again a few weeks ago with only a week or so left on the warranty (Phut, bang, no picture). A few weeks passed as they tried to source the bits but then they called and offered a replacement. The upshot is that after a lot of um and arring (Comet don't have the best range of sets and a few are end of line) I went for the LG RE40NZ60RB. I looked at plasma and all the other sets and considered making up the difference but the result is: I got a new widescreen set (old one was 4:3), I got a new 5 year extened warranty, I got a new 17" TFT monitor for my PC and, oh, they gave me £20 back as well. Well chuffed. The bit that impressed me most was that not only were they prepared to replace the set but also give me the full value of my original purchase price. The moral is, some kit is expensive to fix, technology moves on, so if is does go wrong, you might just end up with the latest kit and more to boot. BTW, it wasn't just the poor quality of the cheap plasmas that put me off, an extended warranty on one of those would have been £1200! Hardly surprising considering the nature of the screen (and Comet DO cover screen burn) but factor that into the cost and, well, I'm not in that league.