Question about Nikon warranty transfer between owners

Started Jan 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
CFynn
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In reply to TOF guy, Jan 21, 2013

TOF guy wrote:

DaveOl wrote:

If the paperwork for the warranty or the warranty was not registered online it may be available. I think you can enter the serial number of the camera with Nikon to see if it was registered. You would also have to supply the original sales receipt to whoever you sell it to.

The serial number would not be registered since the O/P has been the only owner. Regardless, you seem unaware that Nikon's warranties are not transferable (at least in the US):

This is what the warranty (US) states:

This warranty extends to the original consumer purchaser only and is not assignable or transferable.

Therefore the warranty is void the moment the camera is sold. This is something very important to know if you buy used Nikon equipment: you won't have any manufacturer warranty with it.

I wonder, how can a manufacturer enforce terms of a "shrink wrapped" licence or warranty which a purchaser can only read after purchase and after opening the box? The purchaser has no way of agreeing to such terms at the time of purchase, and normally cannot know about them until he actually opens the package and reads them. Stating a normal warranty on an unused product cannot be transferred to a third party sounds pretty invidious, and I wonder how could the purchaser have normally read and nominally agreed to those terms if he hasn't yet opened the box?

Of course manufacturers who impose such terms rely on nobody ever taking them to court and challenging them - which could turn out to be very expensive if one were to loose. I wonder if similar terms have ever been challenged in court. Are there any lawyers here who might have a better idea about this?

At least it might provide some sort of grounds for returning a product for a refund, even after a period of time.

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