12-29-2011 10:41 PM
I have a Toshiba Satellite A505-S6980 that I purchased 1/5/2010. I purchased the laptop and the recommended 2 year PSP online. The laptop USB ports have begun to recess into the laptop making them inaccessible. This seems like wear and tear to me, but apparently not to Best Buy. I am told that I should have purchased a "accidental" warranty coverage which covers "physical damage". I have never seen such a policy. I purchased the only policy that was posted while I made my purchase. Is there another level of protection that is available for laptops? Is it only offered on certain laptops? If it is not listed during online purchases does that mean that the warranty is not available for purchase for the item being purchased?
I have been reading other posts in which non-warranty purchasers have been chastised by community members for not buying a warranty. This is the second time this year that a Best Buy warranty has done me no good. This is discouraging.
12-29-2011 10:58 PM
12-30-2011 09:40 AM
That is kind of you. However, since the warranty expires next week, I am not likely to get more than $1.
I guess i must yield to the Best Buy experts here. My 20 years as an electrical engineer building space flight hardware for NASA that had to survive shuttle launches tells me that usb ports should not be susceptible to any force that I have been applying with my hands as I use a lot of computers and this is the only one that has this loose usb problem. My experience tells me that it is either poor design (where this happens frequently with toshiba/hp computers) or poor workmanship ( a one-of build mistake).
Apparently, the burden of proof is on me not Best Buy. I am only the customer who paid for the warranty.
12-30-2011 04:23 PM
12-30-2011 10:28 PM
No, it was not sent out as the associate assured me it was physical damage that was not covered under my standard 2yr PSP. He was confident that it would not be covered, but I gather from your statement that I can still have it sent out for assessement.
12-30-2011 11:06 PM
01-04-2012 01:11 PM
01-05-2012 03:36 PM
CrystalWoW is correct in stating that the best option would be to have the computer sent out. The Geek Squad agents at our repair center are certified to make the assessment if the USB issue is due to physical damage or not. If they decided that the issues are covered then they’ll repair the laptop under you protection plan and if they decide it’s physical damage then you’ll receive an estimate of how much the repairs will cost. You can accept or decline the estimates and have your computer sent back.
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