Originally posted by KingAustin
The smart choice is not clear at all. There is no smart choice, there is just one in which you pay more for being an over-cautious wussy. A few people die a year from lightning strikes, therefore they give warnings about being out in a thunderstorm. A few people get dead pixels on their monitor, I think you see my point.
One technique on fixing a monitor is simply rubbing that location, not sure how that's a shady technique, but whatever floats your boat.
Better to be a wussy with no dead pixels than a "real man" with dead pixels.
Comparing it to lightning is not accurate. Chances of someone getting hit by lightning during the normal course of his life = almost zero.
Chances of a consumer blind buying an LCD monitor and getting it with dead pixels and/or sub-pixels on it = extremely likely.
The rubbing technique is shady because it's not an authorized method for fixing them by the maker of the product. It is possible that doing that may damage the monitor worse, and/or simply not fix the problem at all. Someone blind buying an LCD and then having faith that he will be able to "rub out" all his dead pixels may be in for a very rude awakening when he realizes that rubbing won't do anything to bring the pixel back to life and he can't RMA it or exchange it. Rubbing may work in some cases, but it can't be banked upon. Brick and mortar with an exchange policy can
be banked upon.