The Washington Post: Do You Want the Extended Warranty? The Smart Answer is ‘Sometimes’

Hartford, Conn. -- Lloyd Wimbish of West Hartford has refused many a cashier's offer to spring for the extended warranty on a product.

"I usually don't buy them," the retired spokesman for the Connecticut legislature's black and Puerto Rican caucus said as he walked toward the Best Buy store at Corbins Corner in West Hartford.

But when he bought a $900 Nikon digital single-lens-reflex camera, he plunked down an extra $100 for the extended warranty.