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- Apr 5, 2016
I've never said it was an extended warranty.Fair enough, it's still not a "extended warranty" because if it was, it would be free. A $1000 repair is still $800/$700 with the discount. It's not THAT big of a deal. Those $200 you saved, you probably paid in CPS fees. If you're a pro who constantly ends up with damaged equipment, then yes, it would be worth it.
Gold costs $100 per year. Silver is free. I usually maintain a Silver membership and have only upgraded to Gold immediately before I needed a repair. Canon has never questioned that. Including the free overnight return shipping valued at $27 on the invoice, one only needs a single $365 repair to break even on the $100 cost to upgrade from Silver to Gold. If one then needs another repair over the next calendar year, or a single repair costs more than $365, a one-time Gold membership for $100 more than pays for itself. And that's without even considering the five clean & checks per year included in the Gold level membership.