Originally Posted by dcstep
I think that you made a relatively safe bet. My experience with things electronic is taht they usually break early on or last forever. You'll be past the "early on" phase soon.
And that's the crux of risk assessment. Cost vs the likelihood of failure. If I had been in a position to buy the 7D back when they were going for $1350, I'd have bought from an authorized dealer. But suddenly they went up to $1599 and no authorized dealer could sell them for less (which is price fixing, IMO). That change essentially put a $250 price tag on the warranty and for me, it wasn't worth it.