FTC Says 'Warranty Void If Removed' Stickers Are Bullshit

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  1. DocNo

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  2. Nenu

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    Marvellous for you guys.
    It actually seems a bit harsh in some respects now lol. (in regard to potentially unqualified people causing further harm when trying to effect a repair, someone getting curious and causing unseen damage while having a look inside, or using a 3rd party faulty power adapter on a high end product ...)
    I wonder how this translates over the pond.
     
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    Glad to hear - cause I just removed a warranty sticker myself to reapply thermal paste. Btw, their paste was EVERYWHERE.. Just gooped on.
     
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    Those stickers are largely the reason I say that warranties are made to be voided!

    I actually had to remove some foil warranty stickers from an Amiga 500 I imported a while back, just to see what was inside. Remarkably, nobody else has been inside this thing past the trapdoor slot on the bottom for the usual 512k RAM/RTC expansion, and a lot of computer shops generally had to open them up and add their own warranty stickers for things like swapping the Kickstart ROM, adding accelerators and other stuff like that where you need to get right to the motherboard.

    Besides, it's not like a warranty on that thing would be any good; Commodore's been dead since 1994! That's really why people need to be able to service these things on their own; there's a very real chance the manufacturers themselves will just go out of business, or generally stop caring about your hardware and urge you to buy something new.

    The latter case would be, say, having the original CECHA revision of the PS3 that still has the PS2 hardware on the motherboard, and those tend to be at risk of YLoD (if they haven't died already) due to that infamous RoHS-imposed migration to lead-free solder for the BGA connections on the GPU and CPU. If you send it in to Sony for a "repair", you get a newer revision back that lacks the PS2 components, so you're hosed if you want to play disc games that aren't offered as downloadable PS2 Classics. You have to go to third-party specialists to get the GPU (and possibly CPU) reballed, not only keeping that particular revision of the system, but ensuring you'll be able to retain your old saves on your existing HDD due to the per-console encryption used on the internal HDD. (If you didn't make a backup to an external USB drive or already migrate it all over to another system, you'd be hosed!)
     
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    Ive gone through dozens of stickers just by normal wear and tear. Never actually opened up any of the devices.
     
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    This is awesome to news!
     
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    Some companies have been good about this for awhile (at least here in the states.) I had an XFX R9 280x where both fans failed and they shipped me out a whole cooler assembly. When I asked about the "warranty void" sticker, they said it doesn't apply to US customers and my lifetime warranty would not be affected. I had some other companies in the past say the same thing, but there are still several that will give you hell (*COUGH* APPLE *COUGH*) about it.

    Louis Rossmann quoted them at one of their lobbying shindigs that "adding a jumper wire to repair a broken trace turns an apple computer into a PC." I couldn't come up with the words on how stupid that was.

    I can see from a manufacturers perspective why they'd want them, to prevent idiot customers from defrauding them (which is a real problem), but scumbags like Apple and others have ruined it for the whole industry.