Illegal Warranty Void Stickers Used By Companies; Sony, Microsoft
It is not common knowledge that the illegal warranty void stickers that we see on electonics and other products made by big companies is in fact not legal. Companies are still using these Illegal Warranty Void Stickers. Microsoft uses this on their Xbox One, Sony on their PS4 and you will have seen one of these if you bought a smarphone or some other device.
These illegal warranty void stickers are against FCC rules when it comes to the repair of some specific devices. Motherboard points this out for the Xbox One S, the new slimmer, lighter version of the Xbox One.
According to FTC spokesperson Frank Dorman:
“The stickers could be deceptive by implying consumers can’t use parts the warrantor doesn’t pre-approve, which violates the anti-tying provisions of MMWA.”
Even though this is not public knowledge these illegal warranty void stickers are not legit. But these companies are still following these practices and getting away with this because people do not know about these laws. Unless someone files a lawsuite against these companies they will keep on taking advantage of the consumers.
This is one of the reasons why Apple chose to change their practices after Apple products that were repaired at third party shops stopped working with the new iOS release.
We know that electronics are complex but manufacturers are still not allowed to stop consumers from trying to open hardware which they have paid for. So why do they try to do this? Simply because companies know that consumer are not going to do anything about this.
Taking them to court would be more expensive than the repar of the device or the device on the whole. This is why they take advantage of this fact and continue following these illegal practices.
What do you think about these illegal warranty void stickers?