I have had an utterly pathetic experience on buying a brand new DSC W-55 digital camera from one of the retailers "tied" with Sony to sell their products. This retailer is the Viveks situated at Indiranagar, Bangalore.
The product, a 7.2 pixel camera, had a defect in the LCD display at the time of sale (the fact was acknowledged by the branch manager at the concerned Viveks outlet) though the defect could be detected a couple of hours after purchase.
To our utter dismay, this particular retailer was not ready to own any of the responsibility to get the piece replaced.
This is very unfortunate to note that a company like Sony would let such unscrupulous dealers to handle sales of its products. How the company could allow a defective product pass the quality check and land up at the display and sales counter and furthermore, the company seems to have no back-up to settle such issues.