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Mainers Encouraged to use Caution on Warranties 

With the holiday shopping season drawing near, Maine officials are encouraging consumers to exercise caution when considering extended warranties when buying computers, flat-screen TVs, exercise equipment and other big-ticket items. Bureau of Insurance Superintendent Mila Kofman has issued a statement saying consumers should familiarize themselves with their current insurance coverage and fully understand the costs and benefits of store-offered warranties. Kofman says it’s important for consumers to understand the differences between insurance, manufacturer warranties and extended warranties that are offered by retail stores. (AP)