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GC extended warranty

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by bccbass, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. bccbass


    Dec 31, 2010
    I recently purchased a used amp (Markbass) from GC. They offer a 1 yr. $40 and 2 yr. $72 extended warranty (all cost included). My past experience (not with GC) with extended warranties is that they are not worth the paper they are written on. Has anyone had any experience with GC (good or bad) with their extended warranty (used equipment). I have a 30 day return option and 30 days to decide on the warranty. Any experience with this out there? Thanks!
  2. Blankandson

    Blankandson Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    Gallatin, Tennessee
    MF gives you the return option for free. Many good companies already have you covered for 1 to 2 years. GK has (I believe) 1-year for parts and labor and 2-years electronics. That's already included with your purchase. Check first with Marakbass to see if you are already covered. If not, that price may be good or not. I can't say as I never get the extended warranty.
  3. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
  4. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
  5. cableguy


    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA
    This is a used amp, so I think GC only warranties it for 30 days. Depending on what you paid, it could at least give you piece of mind for a small cost.
  6. It's a ripoff, the GC will say okay and just ship it to the manufacturer. Which YOU could have done for FREE because all new items have WARRANTIES.

    EDIT: didn't notice you said used, on used items it's not a ripoff if its only 40$
  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    There are transferable warranties offered by manufacturers but I don't see where this applies in your situation. Caveat emptor: you and GC are dealing with used equipment and essentially an unknown. The gear may look good but neither party has any way of knowing whether the unit was abused, dropped, tampered with, etc. What is the return policy? If generous (i.e 30 days), I would play the snot out of the thing in the hope that any defects would disclose themselves quickly.

    What exactly does the extended warranty cover: repairs, replacement w/ same component if beyond repair?

  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Extended warranties are legalized gambling, nothing more, and the number one rule of gambling is "the house always wins." Sometimes they pay off, most of the time they don't.
  9. bccbass


    Dec 31, 2010
    Just for clarity : this is a USED amp purchased from GC with a 30 day return policy.

    Over the phone he (assistant mgr.) offered the 1 or 2 year warrenty. He said covered shipping as well. He called it their extended warrenty. Plus Guitar Center emailed me the offer. I'll read it to see what exactly it covers. I was just hoping someone else could share their experience with this. Again, I purchased a USED item. Thanks.
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Same rules apply. Used gear can work forever or it can break tomorrow, just like new gear.
  11. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I opted for the extended warranty when I bought a used amp from GC. It gives me some peace of mind. Only cost me $20
  12. bccbass


    Dec 31, 2010
    Jimmy, that's been about everyone experience in the market place. My brother purchased a digital camera from Best with the 3 year extended warrenty. When the display started going out, one store said it was because he pressed too hard on the screen, another said it had been exposed to "dust/dirt" and neither store would do anything about it! And he had the original paperwork where he purchased it new. I dealt with Sweetwater on a church keyboard that went bad and it was a great experience...they even upgraded the model for free with the new keyboard! And called to check on it! Just wondering on GC. I didn't expect them to offer a warranty beyond the 30 day return policy.
  13. bccbass


    Dec 31, 2010
    Best Buy^
  14. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    I never buy extended warranties. If I had bought one for anything I own, I would have never needed to use it, never. It's a rip-off.
    You're gambling that your purchase will tear up. I'm gambling that mine won't. So far, I have won every time.
    Take that money from all the extended warranties one would buy and save it for if you ever need to repair something, you'll probably come out ahead.
  15. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I have a friend who works in the insurance industry. He told me that extended warranties a big waste of money but a great profit center for companies which sell them. Another friend who is a national sales manager in the cell phone industry told me the same thing about 10 years ago. Most experts will tell you to never buy an extended warranty.
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Sweetwater is an awesome store, no doubt about it.
  17. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    If you paid for the purchase with a credit card, many of them add one year to the existing warranty. Saved my bacon once. :)