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Well, it's not always as simple as "you bought from an unauthorized dealer so you have no warranty". Some states/countries have very strict laws about what a manufacturer can and can't deny for warranty coverage, regardless of where an item was purchased.
The only reason that this is even an issue is because of manufacturers selling their products in multiple markets at different prices (with resulting "gray market" products spilling into the more expensive territories), factory "over runs" which are sold on the side, etc.
So, as far as I'm concerned, I feel no pity for manufacturers when they have to cover something like this under warranty, it's their job to police resellers and distributors, not the job of the consumer making a purchase.