And why the post? Simple, I long ago got sick and tired of companies who do their beta-testing with unsuspecting customers. When I - or anybody else - spends good money for a product he has every right to expect something that works. Unless it's clearly marked:
This POS may be nonfunctional out of the box and if so may require specialized tools and skills that you may or may not possess. Either way, it's not our fault.
They have seriously tried that in this country. Specifically, camera manufacturers made a camera with a bulb that exploded when flashing, blinding the user. They had a contract disclaiming responsibility for "any and all defects." Needless to say, they got sued, lost, and we now have a "warranty of general merchantability" requirement in this country. It is theoretically possible to disclaim by contract, but it doesn't really matter because you can't disclaim breach of contract or personal injury anyway. (Breach of contract in this case being that the gun are not usable for its ordinary use due to shitty manufacturing.)
The method of killing product lines is called a design defect case. If one person manages to prove that the design is defective in a single lawsuit, anyone
can sue on the same principle and get their money (and attorney fees) back. It's fairly effective at preventing utter shit from getting into this country, but it's also why medical equipment is so expensive...