Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/06/03

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Warranty & New vs. Used
From: "Austin Franklin" <>
Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001 14:55:48 -0400

> This may be the case, but a "gray market" item is sold *without* a
> manufacturer's warranty.

That is not necessarily true.  If the warranty is transferable, then it
matters not.  What manufacturers have been trying to do (and I believe is
unethical) is to have these items claimed "used", and with a
non-transferable warranty, only the original purchase has the warranty.

Bottom line, using this "tactic" the manufacturer is getting out of
providing ANY warranty service on this item, even though the item originally
carried a warranty, and the item was never used.

Ethically, I believe that no matter how many times the item has changed
hands, it should be warranties for a period of time, IMO.