I disagree. Corporations are greedy. That's a fact. They want profits here and now, they want to keep their shareholders sweet, and their customers, the ones who buy their products and ultimately support their directors' and shareholders' sweet jetsetting lifestyles, those customers are a VERY long way down towards the bottom of a very long list of priorities.
Remember that a lot of these corporations still employ underage workers in Asia, Mexico etc. or pay slave wages in order to produce goods that will be sold within rich markets for top dollar. These people don't even respect or care for their own staff, their own human resources. Their own workforce is just another commodity to be exploited. I used to be a journalist and photographer for a cable TV channel and have seen this with my own eyes in Mexico and in India, I've seen kids working appalling hours for shit money, and they are greateful for the opportunity too! Local police/government turns a blind eye for a nice price, we all know what goes on man, 'cmon! Most major corporations are bloodsuckers, and If I can get something back from these greasy bastards my friend, then I will (or at least try)... :iagree: :iagree: :iagree:
If L'Arc-en-Ciel bought that drive from a small shop whose owner buys a few units from a wholesaler to sell retail, then yes, he shouldn't give it back, he should accept his loss. It's not right in that case because that shop owner will pick up the tab. But huge online stores or computer supermarkets don't operate like that. They buy in bulk, and the contracts they have drawn with their suppliers have clauses safeguarding them against returns under guarantee. Ultimately, it's the manufacturer that will pick up the tab for L'Arc-en-Ciel's drive, and that manufacturer is already VERY, VERY rich.
Not so many years ago I bought one of my first DVD writers and it cost me almost Â£400 for a x2 speed machine that had serious burning issues. They still released it though, and I, like an idiot, went and bought it. Coaster Land Deluxe my friends. As we all know, this happens with most new technology. If these bastards can charge top money for every bit of under-developed, bug-ridden technology just for the sake of its novelty, then in my book it's most definitely worth it to try to get whatever you can back from them. And before someone rushes to state the obvious FALACY, that if everyone does that then prices will go up, just remember the current prices of DVD burners. Not everyone will do this. They never do. In fact, the vast majority of people will NOT do this. And for the few ones who will, their collective action is so minimal to the market as a whole, that it has virtually no impact to future pricing whatsoever. And that's a fact I CAN take to the bank... :iagree: :iagree: :iagree: