I am considering a purchase of a Gitzo series 5 6x carbon fiber tripod. B&H offers a supplemental warranty for 3 years which is 20% of the purchase price - not insignificant. Any opinions or experience regarding whether the supplemental warranty is a good idea or a waste of money?

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    Photographic equipment or anything else. Some people love extended warranties for the peace of mind it gives them. Others think they're a total waste of money. You pay your money (or don't) and make your choice. It's an opinion thing. – Michael C Mar 20 '17 at 18:35
  • @Michael, I couldn't agree more. This is essentially an answer. And the right one, IMO – osullic Mar 21 '17 at 9:52

Over many years I have owned many tripods and currently own a carbon fibre tripod as well as about three other aluminum tripods and a hardwood studio style tripod that have various different uses. Of all the tripods that I have ever owned which is considerably more than I have mentioned here, I have never had one fail either during the warranty period or afterwards. Over time they do wear out and become less than satisfactory to use but not until long after any warranty has long expired, many years after the purchase. From this point, I would have to say that the cost of the warranty that you are talking about is completely unwarranted. If you are contemplating using the tripod in such a manner that it could be considered not normal use, the warranty would be void anyway. So from all perspectives that I see, I would not consider buying the extended warranty at all.

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