Agreed, there are a great many people on these forums alone who have abused that open policy. It can only last for so long.Probably why they started putting serial numbers on them. If they were going to just warranty everything and for everyone, why even have it registered? It is registered for this reason.
When they do ignore it and simply cover it, thats because they choose to and the customer should be grateful for that.
The practice has gained them a devoted fan base and much good press, so it has it's value.
Its still coming out of the bottom line and the company isnt going to keep on paying for the blanks and the shipping forever, unless they are required to. Look around and you will see the economies everywhere are getting crushed. Bottom lines are going to matter more in the future and the free goodies and favors are going the way of the T Rex eventually.