For Gavin Yee, it all came down to the eight days between when he purchased a Whirlpool dryer and when it was delivered to his Azusa home.
His extended warranty expired just days before the dryer broke down. Whirlpool said it was tough luck.
But Yee, 47, felt this was unfair. Had his warranty begun when the dryer was installed, rather than on the purchase date, he'd still be covered.
"What if you're remodeling your house and don't receive an appliance for six months?" he asked. "Have you lost half your warranty?"
It's an intriguing question, one that has implications for many corporate warranties. A Google search suggests that beginning coverage...