I have read thread after thread regarding the issue of non-authorized dealers and whether the warranty will be honored by the manufacturer. I have read the websites of Pioneer Elite and Denon that claim they will not honor a receiver warranty if you purchase an item from a non-authorized dealer. I am starting to really doubt that this is true, or even legal, at least as it applies to receivers. How can a manufacturer disavow a warranty for its product if you buy the product new and it comes with a serial number and warranty card? One story I have heard is that Denon and Pioneer (for example) sell their receivers only to authorized dealers, who buy more quantity to get a lower price from the manufacturer. They then turn around and sell near cost to non-authorized dealers, who then are able to sell at a great discount. Isn't this analogous to someone buying it new from Pioneer and then turning around and reselling at a discount? I mean, at some point it came from an authorized dealer, namely Pioneer. What happens after that should not matter if the product is sold new and not refurbished. In almost every state there are implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose, meaning the product is supposed to work as advertised. If you purchase an item from a retailer claiming the product is new, and it breaks, you should have recourse against the retailer and manufacturer under these implied warranties, regardless of their attempts to disavow them. Is this just a scare tactic by manufacturers to keep prices high? If the manufacturer wanted to stop certain stores from selling their products, couldn't they? Moreover, many of these resellers blatantly boast about how the manufacturers warranty applies. Doesn't the manufacturer have an obligation to stop these representations if false? My question is, has anyone ever purchased a receiver from a "non-authorized" yet reputable dealer, had their product malfunction, and then have the manufacturer disavow the warranty and refuse to fix the product? If so, what was the outcome? Why would the repair center even care if the dealer were authorized or not, don't they receive payment from Pioneer? Are they going to turn away business because the seller was not authorized? I have talked to so called non-authorized dealers who tell me that if the product is sold new with warranty card and serial number it simply is not true that the manufacturer can disavow the warranty. Obviously it is in their self interest to state this to be true, but after thinking about it it seems to make more sense. I am obviously very interested in this topic as it means a considerable savings to the consumer. Any thought or experiences would be appreciated.