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    Lifetime Warranty?

    Is the lifetime warranty on Corsair memory actually real?
    What are the restrictions/conditions of this?

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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    Isn't lifetime normally classed as 10 years?

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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    I've always been puzzled what 'lifetime' actually means in the context of a warranty. Is it the lifetime of the owner or the product? I think it's just a meaningless marketing term.

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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    it's what it says it is .. bro sent some ddr2 back they din't have 1 gig sticks so sent him 2x 2gig ..that was about 3-4 months back ..
    gotta hand it to corsair on there warranty they do hold up there side of the bargin ..

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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    Quote Originally Posted by flearider View Post
    it's what it says it is .. bro sent some ddr2 back they din't have 1 gig sticks so sent him 2x 2gig ..that was about 3-4 months back ..
    gotta hand it to corsair on there warranty they do hold up there side of the bargin ..
    Exact same thing happened to me a couple of years a go, then last year when one of the replacements died, they replaced that as well.

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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    Quote Originally Posted by sha-1 View Post
    I've always been puzzled what 'lifetime' actually means in the context of a warranty. Is it the lifetime of the owner or the product? I think it's just a meaningless marketing term.
    Two parts to that, and I know it seems obvious, but .... "lifetime" and "warranty".

    Take the latter first, the "warranty".

    It's essentially a contract between buyer and whoever gives the warranty, which is usually but not exclusively the manufacturer. And as of a few years ago, it's legally enforceable. But, being a contract between two parties, the exact nature of it will depend on the detailed conditions of the warranty.

    Now to "lifetime".

    As a legally enforceable contract, "lifetime" means whatever you can convince a court it means. If "lifetime" is defined in the T&C's, and it often is, then providing there are no legal problems with that definition, that is what the court will enforce. In the absence of a specific definition, a court is likely to put it's own interpretation on it, guided by what is both reasonable, and commonly expected.


    What all this means is that there is no universal definition of what lifetime warranty means, and subject to some limited and basic limitations on manufacturers imposed by law, it means whatever they say it does, or rather, what they said when you bought the product. So .... keep the warranty details, because what rules is the warranty conditions as existing at the time of purchase, not whatever they may have subsequently been amended to.

    This also covers not just length of warranty, but what is covered. Most (but not all) manufacturers cover manufacturing defects, but exclude, not unreasonably, a host of other things. You will usually find accidental damage excluded, fair wear and tear excluded, abuse excluded, and often, non-domestic use is excluded. My food proessor has a 20 year motor warranty .... in domestic use, but it doesn't cover commercial use. I have shirts, however, where the warranty, albeit only a couple of months, is "any reason", including burns from cigar ash or the dog chewing it.

    Those couple of examples should make the point - the warranty covers what the terms say it covers, and for the duration they say it does. Unlike consumer protection legislation, where it's externally imposed and defined by statute, warranties are almost entirely down to the manufacturer to define, and so, vary hugely.

    As for Corsair, all I can say is that they have a very good reputation for backing their products.
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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    We wanted to claim on a warranty for a Belkin router which was sold with a lifetime warranty, when we called them they said that the router had been out of production for more than 3 years and Belkin no longer supported the product. The router was bought in 2003.

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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    Corsair generally replace products for over their warranty time period. Never asked me about my date of purchase and replaced my RAM sticks. Ive heard that they also give you an upgrade if for some reason they can't replace what you have (out of stock or discontinued).
    If it says lifetime im pretty sure it genuinely is lifetime, you can pop over to the forums and ask

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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    lifetime warranty
    Does not exist

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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    As for Corsair, all I can say is that they have a very good reputation for backing their products.
    I'll have to agree with this

    Quote Originally Posted by DAN333 View Post
    Does not exist
    Yes, it does exist. We stand behind our warranty policy word for word

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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    Actually a lot of RAM/memory and other PC parts come with lifetime warranties, RAM especially though as its not very common for current generation memory to go wrong. As stated previously by a number of people though Corsair are extremely good and fair when it comes to backing their products if something ever goes wrong with them.

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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    Quote Originally Posted by Greybeard View Post
    I'll have to agree with this



    Yes, it does exist. We stand behind our warranty policy word for word
    So 40 years from now can I put in a claim if my ddr3 1600mhz corsair ram dies on me?
    Facts don't exist, only interpretations.


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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    Quote Originally Posted by outwar6010 View Post
    So 40 years from now can I put in a claim if my ddr3 1600mhz corsair ram dies on me?
    Well, by then the £60-ish you paid will be worth about 3p, inflation-adjusted. So if they don't have a direct replacement, they'll probably just refund your purchase price, at 2016 prices. I.e. £60.

    Enjoy the half a peanut it'll buy, by then.
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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    Well, by then the £60-ish you paid will be worth about 3p, inflation-adjusted. So if they don't have a direct replacement, they'll probably just refund your purchase price, at 2016 prices. I.e. £60.

    Enjoy the half a peanut it'll buy, by then.
    I hope they don't make the ruling based on your post lol
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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    Quote Originally Posted by outwar6010 View Post
    So 40 years from now can I put in a claim if my ddr3 1600mhz corsair ram dies on me?
    Depends on the definition of lifetime. It may not refer to your lifetime, but the designed lifetime of the product. So if it were to fail in 20 years, they could say thT it is beyond the designed life of the product.
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    Re: Lifetime Warranty?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterb View Post
    Depends on the definition of lifetime. It may not refer to your lifetime, but the designed lifetime of the product. So if it were to fail in 20 years, they could say thT it is beyond the designed life of the product.
    Some companies' warranties are measured by the lifetime of politicians promises. i.e. don't hold your breath. Others are substantially better. Not had to return any of my corsair stuff so can't comment on corsair directly.

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