[mythtv-users] OT: Seagate to reduce warranties on consumer drives to 3 years from 2009

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Fri Dec 12 16:14:12 UTC 2008

On Friday 12 December 2008 08:41:10 John Drescher wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 10:26 AM, Nick Morrott
> <knowledgejunkie at gmail.com> wrote:
> > http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2008/12/12/seagate_cuts_bare_drive_warra
> >nty/
> >
> > If you're thinking of buying a bare/OEM Seagate consumer drive over
> > the holiday period, get it before the end of the year to get the
> > current 5 year warranty.
> Hmmm. To me this means I will not purchase only Seagate drives. I mean
> the biggest reason I purchase only seagate drives is the warranty. I
> wonder if they change this when sales take a considerable hit. I know
> this is small potatoes but I have 200 or so Seagate SATA drives
> between home and work.

A lot of people seem to like the 5 year warranty. I would prefer to have a 
drive that doesn't fail, and thus doesn't need a warranty.

Pushing your warranty would seem to imply that your products fail a lot.

Using something that nobody wants to need to sell your product is an odd 
marketing approach

A three-year warranty might be doubled by some credit card contracts.

I wonder how many drives Seagate sells directly to comsumers, and thus has to 
warranty, as opposed to selling to OEMs or system builders, who wind up 
having to support them.

beww at beww.org

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