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Old Nov 10, 2012, 05:10 PM   #1
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Buy AppleCare for 2011 MBA or sell and get 2012 MBA?

My wife's 13" 2011 MBA base laptop will be 1 year old in 12 days. I think it's a good idea to always have a warranty on these skinny MacBook Airs and am looking at 2 options.

A.) buy the additional AppleCare for $249 and keep the 2011 til November 2014.
B.) buy a refurbed/open box 2012 base 13" MBA and sell the 2011 (I figure my net cost after transactions will be about $150-$170).

She's not a power user by any means, but she really likes the 13" MBA form so its really the only 2 choices that I see. Option B gives her a newer and faster computer and 1 new year of warranty. Option A keeps what she has, but 2 years of warranty.

Which choice do you think is best? Thanks!
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Old Nov 10, 2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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If you can definitely secure a net transaction of $150, then go for a 2012 model. At the very least, you're getting a new battery.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 07:19 AM   #3
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My wife's 13" 2011 MBA base laptop will be 1 year old in 12 days. I think it's a good idea to always have a warranty on these skinny MacBook Airs and am looking at 2 options.

A.) buy the additional AppleCare for $249 and keep the 2011 til November 2014.
B.) buy a refurbed/open box 2012 base 13" MBA and sell the 2011 (I figure my net cost after transactions will be about $150-$170).

She's not a power user by any means, but she really likes the 13" MBA form so its really the only 2 choices that I see. Option B gives her a newer and faster computer and 1 new year of warranty. Option A keeps what she has, but 2 years of warranty.

Which choice do you think is best? Thanks!
Either option works as far as still providing you with a computer that offers you a computer that meets your (wife's) needs. If anything, at this point I would wait for the MBA update next year if you can wait. The Haswell will give you a good bang for the buck in terms of CPU/GPU performance and battery power. I guess you can do that through either option above or maybe your wife isn't interested in that?
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 10:02 AM   #4
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Thanks for the feedback. Well, I put up her 2011 on Craigslist for $850.00. Hopefully it'll get some hits and sell. I bought an open box 2012 at Best Buy for $930 pre-tax and have 60 days to return it if I change my mind. My wife probably won't notice the difference
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