FTC makes clear 'warranty void if removed' stickers are illegal 3 replies

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RadioactiveLobster Forum Admin

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#1 6 months ago

Saw this pop up on Twitter.

Under the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, which the commission cited in its letter, companies can't put repair restrictions on their products unless they provide the parts or services for free or receive a waiver from the FTC. Thomas B. Pahl, Acting Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement:

    "Provisions that tie warranty coverage to the use of particular products or services harm both consumers who pay more for them as well as the small businesses who offer competing products and services."

Since warranty stickers are a common sight on popular consumer electronics, like say, the PS4 and various phones, it was pretty unclear whether the law covers products much cheaper than cars. As Motherboard noted, though, the letters made it crystal that it also covers electronic devices, so long as they cost more than $15.


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#2 6 months ago

I find it mildly silly that it specifies the electronic item "has to cost more than $15". 

Also, why the hell did it take them this long? 

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#3 6 months ago

I think the entire reason this happened is because hated someone, so they took the stickers off that someone's Playstation, just to void the warranty.


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#4 6 months ago

Well, Linus has been saying this for years


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