Stupidity

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
genius bar, perminder tung, time capsule

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Guy Sues Apple For $25k Because His Time Capsule Device Died

from the that's-not-how-this-works dept

People will file lawsuits over almost anything these days. Perminder Tung has apparently sued Apple because his Time Capsule device broke and no one at the Genius Bar could fix it. I can certainly understand the frustration here, but it's difficult to see how there's any sort of legit claim. Technology fails all the time. There's nothing that promised this device would work forever. Claiming, as Tung does, that the failure of Time Capsule represents "a fundamental and total breach of contract," seems like a huge stretch. Man. If I could have legitimately sued every time a technology -- especially a backup storage system -- failed without being repairable, I'd have a hell of a lot more money. But we don't do that, because we know that there is no implicit promise when you buy technology that it works forever.

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    Robbie, 19 Jun 2012 @ 11:37am

    Re: Re:

    Don't know about the US, but in the UK (which is in the EU...), there is no requirement for a manufacturer to provide a warranty. However, most consumers expect a minimum of 12 months. And I can assure you that most products in the UK come with 12 month warranty, not 2 years.

    But in the UK all buyers of products are covered under the Sale of Goods Act, so while a manufacturer warranty makes it a lot easier to claim when there's a problem, it doesn't trump the Sale of Goods Act rights.

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