In an effort to protect consumers, Senator John Flanagan (2nd Senate District) and Assemblyman Richard L. Brodsky (92nd Assembly District) have sponsored a new law to ensure that all new computers contain only new parts unless otherwise noted. The measure, which was signed into law in July and will be in effect this September, will require retailers to clearly note if a computer has any parts that are used or reconditioned.
According to the new law, any computer or computer accessory that is sold as new must contain only new parts. This law applies to computer hard drives, keyboards, monitors, printers, mouses and any other hardware attachment.
If any used parts are installed in a computer, the retailer must clearly state this prior to purchase. Under the law, this can be accomplished by placing a clear label that indicates the computer or accessory may contain remanufactured, rebuilt or recycled parts. This label must be attached to the part or clearly visible on the box.
Since many consumers who purchase a computer or computer accessory are unable to view the inside of their purchase prior to the sale, this law will give them the assurance that their new computer or accessory is indeed new.
"Consumers ought to know what kind of computer they are buying. If a company advertises that it is a new computer then it should be new, not half new. Consumers will know exactly what kind of computer they are purchasing," said Assemblyman Brodsky.
"This change will make sure that those who buy computers are protected. Since this can be a substantial purchase, New York residents deserve to know that they are protected," stated Senator Flanagan. "While buying refurbished computers is a way of saving money for some consumers, this decision should be up to them and they should know the facts before purchasing. This new law will make sure that the consumer is made aware and can shop smartly."
The attorney general will have the power to bring a case against any company which is in violation of this law. The penalty for violating this law will bring up a fine of up to five hundred dollars per incident.
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