Tape Warranties To Large Items For Easy Retrieval

StickyTapeIt might not be worth paying extra for extended warranties, but it's certainly worth exercising the ones you already get. But what happens if there's a problem and you can't find the documentation? Reader Alan recommends taping the warranty to the device itself.

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The concept apparently came up during a chat between Alan and a mate, which he thoughtfully forwarded to us. After briefly discussing the notion of keeping game receipts inside game covers (itself not a bad idea), they get to the nub of the issue:

My mate has a projector, has its warranty taped onto the bottom. No one every thinks of doing that. Next time I buy something I'm totally taping the warranty onto it!!

For large items that's a pretty reasonable idea, though part of me would worry about the heat generated by a projector or big-screen TV. However, if you're not the type to keep a neat "warranties" folder in your filing cabinet, it's worth considering. For an electronic solution, check out previously mentioned Warranty Elephant


    I tape or staple my receipts and warranties to the instruction manual, and if there is room store the manual under the device.

    Similar in theory, I have started taping the included allen key from flat-pack furniture to the item itself. This comes in especially useful when you move!

    I have a big problem with this: if you are burgled and the item is taken the new possessor of your goods also has the warranty; should increase the re-sale price no end.

    ...or you could just file stuff away properly. How hard is it to throw a tech receipt into a special plastic sleeve in the filing cabinet?

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