Submitted by Storms in Illegalism

Hey guys,

If I had a cracked screen smart tv, bought the same model, and swaped the rear panel with serial number and the mother board inside, would there be anyway to to detect fraud. Or do the manufactures track all of the internal components screen included?

Just trying to figure out the best way to do this.

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Subversive_Element wrote

Hey dude, about 5 years ago I bought a 55’ sony from breast buy, took it home, carefully opened the bottom, swapped it out with a broken 48’ vizio, then sealed it up and returned it “unopened” for a full refund.

The customer service rep just pushed it to the side, I’m guessing to put it back on the floor and never even questioned whether it had been opened. I plan on doing it again after the Christmas holidays when returns are high and F@cks are low, this time for a 60’ sony!

It’s actually pretty easy, a big tv, yes. A ps4, no.

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Storms OP wrote

Yeah I'm not interested in a ps4 lol. I just have pretty expensive TV that the manufacturer is refusing to service. Just curious did you buy it with a credit card or cash?

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Subversive_Element wrote

Cash for sure! I mentioned a PS4 because I know on smaller electronics they can and do open them to verify the contents.

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HelpMeSteal wrote

Swapping the back shell with the serial number will probably work. Store employee can only look at label to compare with receipt and box for matching serial number. They aren't likely to take the time to do a full diagnostic or have the lab to take apart the TV and compare all internal info for evidence of tampering.

If you never sent warranty registration with original serial number, I doubt anyone's going to come after you for swapping TV shell.

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Storms OP wrote (edited )

What if I did inquire about warranty services? If I swap the back shell with with the serial number and the internal mother board and wifi card, there'd be no legal way to prove I did anything right? How would inquiring about warranty info alert anyone if I sent a seemingly unrelated tv back to @amazon for instance? Thanks for the input, sincerely.

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HelpMeSteal wrote

I have no idea, if the defective TV is sent back to the factory and they do inspection and find out it's been swapped, they might flag your warranty info and refuse to do future warranty service. I doubt anyone will send a $100 per hour lawyer (on top of travel expenses) to argue in the court and have judge demand you pay back $250 for illegally swapped parts.

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