Can't say I'm any clearer from reading bfoc's message and the OFT link.
I thought that you were covered for defects that arose during use, not just those that could be proved to exist at time of purchase.
It would seem that the onus is on the purchaser to prove after 6 months that the fault existed at the time of purchase.
Surely if this were the case, you would have returned the item straight away?
I am aware that some manufacturing defects will only show up some time after purchase, but without inside knowledge of the failure rate of a product, how is one to know whether your failure is a one off unfortunate incident, or part of a wider failure rate clearly attributable to a manufacturing fault?
I suppose someone will tell me to read forums like this one!
I've no doubt we've all been there where the retailer expresses surprise at the failure and states he's never heard of one going faulty before.
You do sometimes get the other side of the coin, where the products taken off you with a shake of the head and a sigh and tossed into a corner along with a mountain of others waiting to be returned to the manufacturer, but not often.