"This story not only shows how best Best Buy's Geeks
squad is far from having anything even close to the technical
knowledge of a geek, but also raises 2 other questions: are
extended warranties worth it, and are Linux consumers correctly
protected in the US? Let's dig into these 2 rather important
"Extended warranties for netbooks: are they worth it?
"Nowadays many electronics shops such as Best Buy will offer you
a 2 or 3 year extended warranty if you pay them a little more
money, usually around 20% of the price of the purchased item. In my
opinion for a netbook this is not worth the money, especially if
you are using Linux. First, the Best Buy accountants can do the
maths: if they ask about 20% of the price of the computer for the
protection plan this means that the probability of the computer
failing between the end of the "free" warranty and the end of the
extended warranty is lower than that, meaning that the odds are
against you from the start."