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By invalidating warranties if independent third repair service is used by the consumer.

Consumer if you believe you own/control a product you forked over your hard earned dinero. In many cases, think again.
A survey of warranties from 50 companies finding that 45 void warranties for independent repair. As companies’ warranties wear thin, it underscores the need for Right to Repair reforms.
John Deere Promised To Back Off Monopolizing Repair. It Then Ignored That Promise Completely.
John Deere, Microsoft, Apple, and countless other companies have a vested interest in making independent repair impossible and cumbersome. And as they attempt to scuttle the more than a dozen right to repair laws winding their way through various state legislatures, they've leaned on all manner of dodgy arguments, from claims such laws will result in hackers running amok in your state, to claims that such legislation would result in a spike in sexual predators.
In reality, they just don't want to lose control and repair revenue to competition, the environmental, consumer, and real world impacts be damned.
Apple’s Quiet War On Independent Repairmen
The tech behemoth's near-monopoly power allows it to maintain control over its products even after consumers buy them.

A 2018 show by CBC, the Canadian public broadcast service, highlighted Apple’s predatory practices. A MacBook is taken to an Apple store for repair as CBC wanted to test the pervasive perception that Apple’s customers are “wildly overcharged.” The Apple store employee informs the undercover journalist that fixing the computer will cost 1,200 Canadian dollars. They might as well get a new computer. Then CBC takes the same computer with the same problem to Rossmann in New York.

It takes a couple of seconds for Rossmann to figure out the problem and about a minute and a half to fix it. There is “a pin that is sticking out.” The pin is put in place and the connector is plugged in. Problem solved and zero charge. The show goes on to show the many ways that Apple impedes repairs. Special-made non-standard screws so the devices cannot be easily opened, gluing batteries that do not need to be glued in, and so on. Then there is the issue of planned obsolescence, where older iPhones become significantly slower after a system update. All to make independent repairs much more difficult; all to make the purchase of a new device the more practical option.

This practice also occurs in hospital medical device repair. 20 minute YouTube video.

Thankfully car manufacturers haven’t been able to stamp out independent repair shops.
A 2011 study found that customers who used independent auto repair shops spent about 24 percent less on repairs each year.

Until recently, cars, tractors and even most consumer electronic products were relatively easy to fix, without any help or permission from the manufacturer. Parents taught their children to make basic auto repairs; teenagers built their own computers.

The growing complexity of electronic devices, however, means that people need help from manufacturers. And companies have taken advantage of that shift in power.
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