You raise an important point. The fact that if you live in Asia (as I do) and buy ANYTHING hardware-wise, you own it and can do whatever the hell you want with it (outside of converting a vehicle into a tank). So this issue has more to do with the power that manufactures have over consumers in America and Europe. ... a power over what we do with a product that we buy. For example, I bought a 3-year warranty for an iMac, but if I want to replace the crap HDD that came with it - with an SSD of my own choosing. No, that voids the warranty, even though I would take far better care when replacing the part than anyone at the genius bar would, and the machine would be perfectly functional afterwards. We've gone down a rabbit hole, and I don't think those companies are ever going to back off.