Quantcast

Maximum PC

It is currently Sun Apr 20, 2014 3:13 pm

All times are UTC - 8 hours




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: ServiceNet Replacement Extended Warranties
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 2:25 pm 
Willamette
Willamette

Joined: Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:04 am
Posts: 1035
After an XFX motherboard died in my sister's desktop computer, I purchased an Asus M3A78-EM AM2/AM2+ motherboard to replace it as it had almost the exact same hardware specifications and features and would support both her AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ dual-core processor and the four sticks of PC6400 DDR2 memory that she had in the XFX board. At the time that I purchased this board from NewEgg, I also purchased a two-year ServiceNet Replacement Plan as a measure of protection should something go wrong with the motherboard. Originally, I thought this to be a prudent idea. Now, however, I see that it was probably not such a great thing to do. Please note that the Asus motherboard came with a three-year manufacturer's limited warranty as it was not a refurb nor a recertified item and NewEgg's site accurately reflected this at the time of purchase.
About a ten days ago, my sister was using her desktop computer when she noticed that the computer was operating somewhat slow and buggy. After becoming a little frustrated with it, she decided to shut it down for the night (she normally lets it go into standby mode). However, when she attempted to boot the computer the next morning, it flashed a BSOD and automatically restarted itself. It kept performing this behavior until she shut it down by pressing the power button on the front of the computer. She then called me and asked me for technical assistance over the phone, but the problems that we encountered during the troubleshooting seemed to point to a dying motherboard.
So I trekked up to my sister's place (she lives a little over two hours away from me) with all of my technical tools and software in tow. After testing her power supply, I found that it had a defective +5VSB rail that (after having its 24-pin main connector attached to an LCD power supply tester for about 4-5 minutes) jumped from 4.9V to 8.8V. After it did this, the 24-pin connector appeared to not have any power to it for about 30 seconds, yet the PSU fan would still run. Then the power to the 24-pin connector would come back and stay on for two to three seconds, then go away again. After about five or six cycles of this behavior, the entire PSU would shut down completely. I then tested the motherboard by swapping out the PSU and resetting CMOS, but the motherboard failed to provide a video signal to her monitor via the onboard video chip. The CPU fan and the intake fan would power up and the LED lights on the motherboard would light up, but the exhaust fan at the back of the case would not run at all.
I then called ServiceNet to get a claim established so the replacement process could be started. This is where I ran into problems because when I gave them the information for them to check my extended warranty, I was informed that the Asus motherboard had originally come with a one-year manufacturer's warranty and that my extended warranty contract had expired on April 8, 2012. I knew that I had purchased the mobo on April 9, 2012, but I was not sure about the actual length of the manufacturer's limited warranty as NewEgg is known to post inaccurated warranty information on their site, occasionally, so I hung up. After I got home, I found the original box that the motherboard had been packaged in and found that Asus clearly stated that the motherboard had a three-year manufacturer's limited warranty, so I called ServiceNet a second time. Again, I was told that my extended warranty contract had expired on April 8, 2012. When I pointed out the fact that both the motherboard box and NewEgg's site specified a three-year manufacturer's warranty, they refused to budge and kept repeating that, according to the information in their database, my extended warranty contract had expired in April of this year. I then informed the rep that I would not be calling back.
So I called my sister to let her know the outcome of my two phone calls with ServiceNet, and that is when I learned that she had experienced a similar situation with them last November with an HP laptop she had purchased from NewEgg in February of 2009. At the time she purchased this laptop, she had elected to purchase a two-year ServiceNet Replacement Plan as well (the HP laptop came with a one-year manufacturer's limited warranty). When the power harness on the laptop failed in November of 2011, she contacted ServiceNet only to be told that her extended warranty contract had expired earlier that year as her HP laptop had come with only a six-month manufacturer's limited warranty. Since she had purchased the laptop as a new item (not refurbished nor recertified), she faxed the warranty paperwork that came with the laptop to ServiceNet and they immediately apologized for the error and began processing her claim on the laptop. This resulted in a repaired laptop two to three weeks later.
I decided to take a different tack and went to ServiceNet's "MyServicePlan" site and found a link where I could leave feedback concerning my experience with ServiceNet. This is what I wrote:
"After dealing with two of your "service representatives" concerning a 2-year extended replacement warranty plan that I purchased on an ASUS M3A78-EM motherboard from NewEgg.com on April 9, 2009 (the motherboard had a three-year limited warranty from ASUS), I have learned that I paid extra money for a basically worthless service from ServiceNet as the contract expired on the same day the limited warranty on the motherboard from ASUS expired. I will be posting negative reviews on NewEgg's site concerning this so-called "extended warranty" service and will be warning others to decline your service as well. I will never again waste money on your "extended" replacement warranty plans as they aren't worth the money or the time spent in trying to establish a valid claim. Thanks for nothing, ServiceNet. You will not see another dime of my money ever again!"
About an forty minutes later,I received this personalized response:
"Thank you for using My Service Plan. We do apologize for the inconvenience. Upon review, Newegg did advertise the unit to have a 3 year Parts and Labor warranty through Asus. We have placed a submission to have your contract updated accordingly, reference SID # 47191. You should receive a follow up call in the next 2-3 business days notifying you of the update. Again, we do apologize for the frustration this has caused. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact us."
Thank you,
Raymond
My Service Plan

I felt somewhat appeased by this response and decided to allow them the two to three business days to correct the problem and get back to me when the information concerning my extended warranty contract had been updated properly.
Today, I called them and spoke to a representative to see if the information had been updated. The representative said that there was some notation concerning my contract and proceeded to put me on hold for a couple of minutes while she checked into it. When she came back, she said that the corrections that were submitted by their customer service representative at the feedback area of their site had not been cleared yet and to expect a call back later today. After waiting a few hours, I decided to go back to the feedback area and ask what the problem was. Here is what I wrote:

"I have already received an email response last Wednesday morning from a representative named Raymond concerning a service plan issue on an ASUS motherboard that came with a three-year manufacturer's limited warranty (it has it printed on the motherboard box as such!) and was told that he was submitting some sort of request to have my plan information updated accordingly within 2-3 business days and that I should expect a phone call when the information was updated. I called this morning to check on this and even though some sort of activity is showing up concerning this issue, the information has still not been updated accordingly. I find this to be very frustrating as it has been nearly a week since I first called concerning the service plan on this motherboard. If I have not received a call before the end of the day, I will have no choice but to contact PC World's On Your Side column and see if they can intervene on my behalf to get some sort of resolution to this problem. Thank you!"

A little more than an hour later, this was their response:

"Unfortunately your situation is still being review. Due to the contract being expired it has to go through management approvals and then our IT department has to go into the system and override the information manually. This process is taking longer than expected and I will inform you upon completion. We do apologize for the inconveniences."
Regards,
Raymond
My Service Plan

If I am understanding this correctly, this was their mistake, yet it seemingly will take some bureaucratic "act of God" to get corrected?!!! WTF??? Has anyone here had a simliar experience with ServiceNet?

P.S.: It should also be noted that ServiceNet is listed as being one of NewEgg's affiliates. If that is the case, how the hell can they get the original manufacturer's limited warranty lengths so screwed up???


.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: ServiceNet Replacement Extended Warranties
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 8:36 am 
Java Junkie
Java Junkie
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 14, 2004 10:23 am
Posts: 24218
Location: Granite Heaven
So, you bought a 2 year warranty and they denied service because it was more than 2 years since you purchased the part? And the same thing happened to your sister?

I think I can see where the problem lies.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: ServiceNet Replacement Extended Warranties
PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:09 am 
Willamette
Willamette

Joined: Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:04 am
Posts: 1035
Did you read the post? The warranty was an "extended" warranty that was to pick up where the original manufacturer's warranty left off--in other words, Jipstyle, the original three-year warranty from ASUS would have covered the motherboard from April 9, 2009 to April 8, 2012, and the two-year extended warranty that was offered by ServiceNet should have picked up on April 9, 2012 and should have been in effect until April 8, 2014. As for my sister's laptop, the HP original warranty started in February of 2009 and ran until February of 2010, at which time the two-year extended warranty that she purchased from ServiceNet should have picked up wher the HP warranty left off in February of 2010 and expired in February of 2012.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: ServiceNet Replacement Extended Warranties
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 1:34 pm 
8086
8086

Joined: Sun May 11, 2008 5:37 am
Posts: 5
My experience with these EXTENDED warranties seems to be in the fine print. The last one I bought for a ps3 was a 2 year extended warranty but it started as soon as the console was purchased not after the original warranty or so they claimed. I have since learned they are all a rip-off and will never purchase another one. Good luck buddy I hope it goes your way.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: ServiceNet Replacement Extended Warranties
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:13 pm 
Little Foot
Little Foot
User avatar

Joined: Fri Feb 19, 2010 11:28 pm
Posts: 105
ericpol wrote:
My experience with these EXTENDED warranties seems to be in the fine print. The last one I bought for a ps3 was a 2 year extended warranty but it started as soon as the console was purchased not after the original warranty or so they claimed. I have since learned they are all a rip-off and will never purchase another one. Good luck buddy I hope it goes your way.

Yep, extended warranties are BS


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: ServiceNet Replacement Extended Warranties
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:36 am 
Java Junkie
Java Junkie
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 14, 2004 10:23 am
Posts: 24218
Location: Granite Heaven
I've never heard of an extended warranty that starts when the manufacturer's warranty ends.

An extended warranty does not extend the term of the warranty .. it extends its coverage. Generally, they extend the limited warranty offered by the manufacturer by making it a complete warranty for the specified time period.

In other words .. your limited warranty has expired and the problem is simply a misunderstanding regarding the terms of the agreement.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: ServiceNet Replacement Extended Warranties
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 4:28 pm 
8086
8086
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2005 10:23 am
Posts: 19
Jipstyle wrote:
I've never heard of an extended warranty that starts when the manufacturer's warranty ends.


Service Net's does...or claims to.

Part 3 of their Contract states: "TERM OF COVERAGE. Coverage extends from the expiration of the manufacturer’s Product warranty"

In my experience these things are sketchy anyway. So many outs and loopholes it's like trying to hold on to an lawyer dipped in oil. Just like rebates, there is always something 'wrong'.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: ServiceNet Replacement Extended Warranties
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:34 pm 
Java Junkie
Java Junkie
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jun 14, 2004 10:23 am
Posts: 24218
Location: Granite Heaven
Interesting .. thanks for the correction.

I guess the lesson here is to always read the fine print.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: ServiceNet Replacement Extended Warranties
PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 6:53 am 
Willamette
Willamette

Joined: Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:04 am
Posts: 1035
Well, after between three and four weeks of communication with ServiceNet, here is what happened. On July 5th, they contacted me via phone and email to tell me that my contract information had been updated in their database, and that my extended replacement service warranty was still in effect. They also advised me to call them to set up a claim so that they could get me squared away on the defective ASUS motherboard. When I contacted them the next day, they informed me that I would have to send the defective motherboard and all of its accessories (SATA cables, installation CD, I/O shield, etc.) back to them with a shipping label that they would send to me via email. After several days of not seeing the promised email (yes, I checked my spam folder as well as my inbox folder in my webmail account), I called them back to make sure that they were sending the email to me. The representative told me that the email had been sent on July 6th, and I told them that I never received the email. So the representative promised to send an email to the proper department informing them that their email was never received by me. A day or two later, someone by the name of Tracy called and left a message for me to call her back at ServiceNet. When I did, I was told that I was no longer going to be required to send in the defective motherboard, but that I would be receiving a check for the value of the defective motherboard. I am now waiting to receive that check.


Top
  Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: ServiceNet Replacement Extended Warranties
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:49 am 
Willamette
Willamette

Joined: Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:04 am
Posts: 1035
Update: Check from ServiceNet in the amount of $78.99 was received via USPS on July 26, 2012.

To Haipying: Rebates are one thing I have rarely had a problem with. In fact, I just received an email from Symantec the other day that told me that my rebate submission (for a $50 rebate on the purchase of Norton 360 v.6.0 from NewEgg) has been received and is scheduled for final processing. I purchased the product on July 11th, received it in the mail on July 16th, and submitted the rebate paperwork on July 17th. Not bad, eh? :mrgreen:


Top
  Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 10 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 8 hours


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group