Originally Posted by nvidia2008
EVERYONE is violating this EU law.
Personally, I'd rather companies were forced to offer standard length warranties based on product value and scrap extended warranties altogether. Anything beyond the standard warranty should be covered by insurance - extended warranties are like insurance but per product.
I think there should be a sliding scale of support. If you buy a toothbrush for $1, I don't think it's reasonable to mandate even a 12 month warranty, 30-90 days should be sufficient. The worst that happens is you are $1 short and you buy a different product. If you buy a $2,000 computer, I think 12 months is really short, especially in the case of the iMac as it covers the screen too. If you buy a $20,000 car new then 3-5 years should be mandatory.
The scale would of course be capped at a certain level so a maximum of a 5 year mandatory warranty.
If you ever sell a used Mac, one of the first things they want to know is whether it has AppleCare but naturally don't expect to pay any more if it does. With a standard warranty, everyone would know by the age and value of the machine if it's under warranty or not.
I wonder if Apple would lose money by cutting out the 3rd year of AppleCare and dropping the program to offer a 2 year standard warranty. I also wonder if they took the amount they make from AppleCare and the amount they make from out-of-warranty repairs within the 3 years and divided it up between all the products using an appropriate %, how much extra they'd have to charge to offer a 3 year warranty to everyone.