Opening Your Electronics and Warranty

    • Opening Your Electronics and Warranty

      motherboard.vice.com/read/warr…oved-stickers-are-illegal

      This is a great article that goes into detail as to why it is legal to open your electronic devices such as Apple, Microsoft, and Sony systems. A lot of people are afraid to open their electronics because of stickers, such as on all Xbox's and PlayStations. This article explains that as long as your own repair did not cause unrelated damage to your device, your warranty is not void. It also claims that these laws exist so that manufacturers can maintain a monopoly on repairs and maintenance. The trouble comes when the manufacturer asks why the warranty sticker is broken though. The article doesn't explain what to say or do when confronted about your broken stickers. However, likely, your system is broken AFTER the warranty, so if you're still covered under warranty, why would you try to repair your own device? Unless it is a simple repair that would take a lot less time. But then, you run into the issue that if something else breaks later down the road and your device is still covered under warranty, what do you do then? The article claims that manufacturers must prove your own repair caused the unrelated damage.

      Overall, it is a bit tricky and doesn't really provide a simple yes or no answer. Although it is an informative read and I would love to hear what you think of this issue!
    • I have never heard of the possibility that you might lose warranty if you open your package. I mean... how else am I supposed to find out whether the product meets expectations and/or is functional? Luckily, I have never had any problems with returning electronic devices.