According to a recent report by our fellow high definition aficionados over at HD Guru, sometimes purchasing a cheaper "no-name" brand TV might actually cost you more in the long run.
Comparing warranties and the cost of repair for off-brand units vs. their big name counterparts, HD Guru found that you might yourself running in circles while searching for a local repair shop. Other times, because manufacturing of the product has ceased, you'll be unable to find a repair shop at all. Still, there are those of us who are willing to sacrifice ease of mind with a good ol' bargain. So, we ask:
Personally, we've had experience with Toshiba's repair service before and it has been fairly decent, especially given it was for my family who lived in the agricultural capitol of California in the middle of no where. While the repair service itself was average, we still got our issue fixed in about a week, giving us a greater appreciation of warranties (the TV was coming near the end of its 2nd year of the 3-year standard warranty).
With our other AOC branded LCD HDTV purchased for our shop, we might feel a bit dismayed if a CSR suggested us shipping it to a far away repair center, forcing us to cough up heavy freight shipping charges (as described in a similar situation by HD Guru with these TVs). While this hasn't really occurred as of yet, one of our biggest fears is being stuck in a situation where we have a dead TV with no one to assume responsibility for the repair but ourselves.
Otherwise, our AOC set has been chugging along just fine and we wouldn't hesitate to buy another one for our shop if this one dies. Heck, if it lasts for more than 3 years, we might just grab another one for the kitchen. Let's just hope I didn't just jinx myself.
[via Electronic House]