Phillip Pearson - web + electronics notes

tech notes and web hackery from a new zealander who was vaguely useful on the web back in 2002 (see: python community server, the blogging ecosystem, the new zealand coffee review, the internet topic exchange).


Minimum warranty in the USA?

Does the USA have any laws specifying the minimum warranty for products? I notice that with Dell's new $499 laptop, the "base" price only includes a 90 day limited warranty.

In New Zealand we have this law called the Consumer Guarantees Act that gives you certain rights relating to faulty goods - basically if something breaks unreasonably soon after purchase, you can always take it back for repair/replacement/refund. If a laptop with a 90 day warranty breaks down within a year or two, that's probably unreasonable, so you can call on the CGA to get yourself a new one.