You do not see a lot of places offering console repairs anymore, that isn\’t surprising, as Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have gone out of their way to discourage the practice. Actually, all three current consoles have \”warranty void if removed\” stickers or seals on or with them to discourage type of repairs or tinkering. Well, it turns out that\’s illegal.
Per US law, no warranty on the product sold in excess of $5 dollars can put any restrictions on repairs. Many organisations do, but it appears like the FTC will actually enforce the law. In combination with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, Hyundai, ASUS, and HTC in addition have received this particular warning:
\”This letter places oneself see that violations of your Warranty and FTC Acts may result in legal action. ?FTC investigators have copied and preserved the internets pages you want, and then we want to take a look at company\’s written warranty and advertisements after 30 days. Make sure you review the Warranty and FTC Acts in case necessary, revise your practices to conform to the Acts\’ requirements. By sending this letter, and we don\’t waive the FTC\’s straight away to take authorities action and seek appropriate injunctive and monetary remedies against your company based on past or future violations.\”
The warnings were issued on April 9, meaning the experienced businesses have until May 9 to ditch the stickers change their warranty policies. The FTC letters provided for Sony, Microsoft, and Sony (read them here) all specifically on-site visit numerous of their warranties that prohibit repairs and the use of third-party peripherals. So, and also fixing your machine, you\’re free to buy all of the wacky accessories you wish!
It\’s best to see the FTC putting their foot upon this problem. The big console makers would, needless to say, prefer you merely get yourself a new machine if yours breaks, but that should not be your only option. I doubt this can result in a mom \’n\’ pop mechanic renaissance, but it\’s the leading that means something.
Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo are yet to publicly answered the FTC\’s orders.