Sent from reader, Shannon:
Hi Collin! After reading about the luck some of your readers have had with product warranties, and then having an unfortunate experience where I had to pay for vacuum cleaner repairs out-of-pocket because I had lost the receipt, I decided to make a warranty binder. I thought this idea might be helpful to your readers as well – especially those who just received big-ticket items for the holidays.
Each page of my warranty binder has the following information: Product Name & Model Number, Customer Service Phone Number, Website or Address, Warranty information, UPC Code/Proof of Purchase, Receipt, Packing Slip or Invoice with Purchase Price (as applicable), Original Retailer, Date of Purchase AND Warranty Expiration Date.
I made blank worksheets that I can fill in and attach the applicable information as necessary. I do not have a copier at home, so I copy and print the product and warranty info from the owner’s manual using my smartphone. I used an empty binder with page protectors and I organized it by area in my house (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, garage, etc), but you can organize it however you’d like.
Once I started doing this I realized that there are so many products that come with warranties! It may become tedious to catalog the warranty but taking a minute or two to catalog the warranty on your bigger purchases (like the vacuum cleaner) just may pay off in the end.
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