Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Concept of "Sale" is Under Attack II

Adding fuel to the fire, TechDirt reports that: "Home Buyers Only Finding Out About Resale Fees When It's Too Late".  TechDirt writes that there is a "growing practice of adding a "resale fee" to homes, that give developers a copyright-like extended control over a piece of your house long after the house has been sold."

My daughter also sent me this very good quote from Mister Jalopy on the right of the consumer to do what they want with the products that they have bought.

Empowering consumers to be able to repair, rebuild, reuse and reinvent the products they invest in is at the core of Mr. J’s philosophy. As part of the Maker’s Bill of Rights (link) article in Make: Magazine, Jalopy declared, “if you can’t open it, you don’t own it.” Asserting that an individual should be able to open, repair and modify the products that they buy, the Maker’s Bill of Rights gave a clear voice to the Maker Movement’s frustration with increasingly disposable products that lock out consumers.

“Innovation does not stop at the end of the assembly line. Companies should think of customers as collaborators and reap the benefits of building a community of fierce advocates. There is significant economic incentive to connect with customers beyond consuming. Companies can create legendary brands that people care about and build products that customers will praise and defend,” states Jalopy. “Innovation should be shared.” (emphasis added)

I previously discussed how sellers are now increasingly using wording gimmicks such as "leasing" and "renting" as a means of depriving consumers of their right to owning the products that they have purchased in "The Concept of "Sale" is Under Attack".

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