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[Various] Microsoft, Sony, and other companies still use illegal warranty-void-if-removed stickers

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If you’ve purchased new electronics in the last decade, you've probably notice that most of them come with tamper-resistant stickers that are supposed to alert the manufacturer should you make any “unauthorized” modifications to the product.

What most of the buyers don’t know is that these warranty-void-if-removed stickers are actually illegal, according to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975, but this still isn’t stopping some manufacturers from using them anyway.

Case in point is Microsoft, the Redmond-based software giant that is still shipping new devices with the aforementioned sticker, although it’s very clear that they’re illegal and they shouldn’t block users from making any modifications that do not affect the functioning of the device.

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post #2 of 63
Wew microsoft is on a roll.
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Apple does this too.
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Apple does this too.

Literally almost any company that has made a tech product in the last decade or so does this. Not that I'm defending them, but I have no idea why Microsoft is singled out in this article.
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Oh yes, because MS is the only company doing this. Hell, most video cards even have these stickers (though they will usually allow for replacement of the coolers anyway). Btw, I've never heard of this "law" that bans companies from using tamper-proof stickers. Is that actually real or just a figment of this writer's imagination? Checked their link to the supposed law but I don't see anything there that guarantees you the right to tamper with a product without exclusion from the warranty? Maybe I'm just missing it?
post #6 of 63
Just another click bait aiming to attack MS because they are currently the flavour of the month evil company.
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So all the video cards, pc parts electronics fall under this?
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Originally Posted by Defoler View Post

Just another click bait aiming to attack MS because they are currently the flavour of the month evil company.

Not click bait, multiple other articles have been written about this issue as well:

http://www.extremetech.com/gaming/233120-microsoft-sony-and-other-manufacturers-still-use-illegal-warranty-void-if-removed-stickers

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-xbox-one-s-still-uses-microsofts-illegal-warranty-void-if-removed-sticker

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/warranty-void-if-removed-stickers-are-illegal?trk_source=recommended
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This is stupid. yes you can open it without voiding the warranty by law IF you do not damage the device BUT, if you cause the device to fail by opening it up and tinkering with it then yes the warranty is void and it IS legal for them to void the warranty if you opened it and broke it. What people need to do is read the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, carefully. https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/15/chapter-50
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Just another click bait aiming to attack MS because they are currently the flavour of the month evil company.

Comcast season is my favorite hate season, it should last the whole year.
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