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

Robin Hill myth at robinhill.me.uk
Fri Dec 12 16:32:08 UTC 2008

On Fri Dec 12, 2008 at 09:14:12AM -0700, Brian Wood wrote:

> 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.
Not really - if your product doesn't fail then it doesn't matter how
long your warranty is - it doesn't cost you any extra.  The higher the
chance of failures, the more the warranty is costing you, therefore the
shorter you'd want it to be.

So, for a company to increase the warranty means that they think the
extra cost of drives returned within the warranty period will be offset
by the increased share of the market (because people prefer longer

> Using something that nobody wants to need to sell your product is an odd 
> marketing approach
If it doesn't cost you extra then it's free marketing though.

I'd guess the change in warranty is more a streamlining measure (with
the current economic climate) than a reflection on the quality of the
drives.  Definitely worth bearing in mind when looking for new drives


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