ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) — In order to help consumers remain safe while holiday shopping, New York is reminding shoppers of laws regarding warranties and service contracts.
A warranty is a promise to the consumer that the product purchased, or service provided, will meet certain quality standards.
Under New York law, warranties may be made verbally or in writing.
As for service contracts, they are designed to perform repairs or maintenance on a product. Unlike a warranty, service contracts are not included in the price of the purchase.
The state says that if a warranty is already provided and covers repairs, you may be paying extra for a largely unnecessary service contract.
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