A couple weeks ago, consumer rights group U.S. PIRG released a study reporting that 45 out of 50 manufacturers void warranties if their products have undergone third-party repair. This, of course, is not only rude but illegal—and we’ve been galvanizing our online community to hold offending companies accountable.
Back in April, when the FTC sent letters to six manufacturers condemning their use of illicit ‘warranty void’ stickers, we hosted a subsequent sticker hunt to really drive home their message. But apparently that didn’t scare them enough—so we decided to give them another fright by re-opening our #VoidIfRemoved contest. You guys sure showed us that you weren’t ready to give up the good fight, and at last, on this All Hallows’ Eve, we have our winners!
The #VoidIfRemoved sticker on my 3 times repaired PS3…
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"Americans produce about 3.4 million tons of e-waste per year" -@ifixit And Warranty #voidifremoved stickers don't help. People are too afraid or don't bother to attempt fixing their electronics that can be given a breath of longer life if they were simply taken care of and were encouraged to open their devices. I just want to be able to deep clean my keyboard without losing my warranty.
— Ryan Bytheway (@bythewar) October 13, 2018
Thank you to everyone who participated! We’ve gathered all of your submissions to send to the FTC. Now enjoy the rest of your Halloween knowing that you helped us pull off the biggest fright of them all.