“Warranty void if removed” stickers behind the screws and opening points of all of the electronic devices have tortured the tinkerers who just like to fix things around themselves over the years.
To address this issue FTC already said last month that these warnings are illegal and therefore should be removed for every consumer. FTC told six companies, which included Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo to start the battle. FTC gave around thirty days to the companies to comply the law or it would pursue legal action.
The official notice from the FTC went out to Microsoft, Sony, Hyundai, Asus, Nintendo, and HTC. FTC stated that all of the six companies have been violating the same aspect of Magnuson Moss Warranty Act (1975), which actually control what companies can and cannot restrict in their warranty policies. Respectively, the act states that no product costing more than 5$ can have repair limitations in its warranty.
The FTC letters note that investigators have made copies of the original warranty information on each company’s website and will be comparing that with any new language provided.
How can this be good?
It’s quite obvious how this step from companies would be great for the tinkerers, they’ll have the freedom to open up their devices and fix it by themselves. There are a lot of youtube guides and especially we have the iFixit which includes almost all devices repairing videos and guides. It can really minimize the effort and time for the individuals in fixing their devices as official warranties take a lot of processing and time to repair devices.
How can this be bad?
Every positive thing has a negative point as well, just like in this case, this can be bad as well, as consumers who have little to no knowledge about handling and operating the internals of electronic products can cause massive destruction and also can harm themselves, but still, good guides are always available on the internet which can help minimize the disasters.
All in all, in my opinion, because of me being a tinkerer as well, this is an amazing step from FTC and this should be established properly as the freedom of operating our devices doesn’t only lie on the outside of our devices but inside as well. We own these products, we pay for them, we should be given full control of every device we own from the inside just like we can operate it from the outside without the fear of “voiding” the warranties of our devices.