Smokers should think twice about buying an Apple computer
You may be wondering what smoking has to do with what computer you should buy, but apparently it makes a difference. If you are in the market for a new computer and you happen to be a smoker or for that matter, live with a smoker, you may want to spend less time looking at Macs and more time looking at PC’s.
From what I’ve read if you smoke near your Apple computer you will void your warranty! Yep, you read that right. Don’t bother looking in the fine print of your warranty for anything related to smoking because you won’t find it. That doesn’t mean that Apple won’t tell you they wouldn’t touch your Mac with a 10 foot pole though. Actually they never said that, what they said was it can’t be fixed because its been listed as a bio-hazard! I can already picture the next line of PC ads now, perhaps Microsoft should start making built-in ashtrays in their laptops to really corner the market on the computer using smoker?
The fact that Apple can void your warranty for something as ridiculous as smoking near your laptop, especially when there is nothing that states smoking will void your warranty, is mind-boggling. Perhaps there should be some kind of disclaimer that smoking, in addition to being dangerous to your health, is also dangerous to the health of your computer?
Here is a copy of an email sent to Steve Jobs from an Apple customer after being told they would no longer honor his warranty…
I took my mid 2007 apple macbook (black) into the Jordan Creek Apple Store in West Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, April 25th, because I had been experiencing some issues with it overheating, and figured the fan was bad. After some initial testing, they took the computer in for work under my Applecare plan, which has over a year remaining on it.
Today, April, 28, 2008, the Apple store called and informed me that due to the computer having been used in a house where there was smoking, that has voided the warranty and they refuse to work on the machine, due to “health risks of second hand smoke”.
Not only is this faulty science, attributing non smoking residue to second hand smoke, on Chad’s part, no where in your applecare terms of service can I find anything mentioning being used in a smoking environment as voiding the warranty.