3 Ways to Warranty Used Secondhand Tech

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If you're a serious frugalista like me, you may occasionally buy used devices or appliances when it's time to upgrade. For example, I haven't purchased a new lens for my Canon DSLR in years. But I do like the coverage warranties provide, so here's what I do to make sure my valuable tech devices are covered...

Here are three ways you can warranty used tech:

1. Transfer a currently existing warranty: Some companies will allow you to extend or change over an existing factory warranty if the original warranty holder is willing to hand it over. Simply ask your seller to call the manufacturer in advance of the sale and request a transfer of warranty. If they aren't willing to call for you, ask them for a copy of the original receipt, so you have proof that the product is within its warranty period when you retained ownership.

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2. Try a third party service: There are several companies out there that will sell you a warranty for a used product. Oftentimes, they won't replace the product, but they will give you a check for the value of a defective product. SquareTrade and ElectronicWarranty.com both have good reputations and are consistently recommended to me by fellow tech heads.

3. Check with your credit card company: Some credit card companies will extend the warranty on a product for a small fee if you have a copy of the original receipt. For example, American Express will extend warranties on purchases made with their card. MasterCard offers purchase assurance on any products that are purchased with the card that turn out to be defective for up to one year.

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