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Old Nov 30, 2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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MBA purchased ... Now Apple Care or 3rd-Party Warranty?

Just purchased my wife's MBA and I'm excited. Now, I cannot decide if I should got with Apple Care or a 3rd-Party Warranty. Has anyone experienced both? Which is recommended? Should I keep it simple and go Apple Care?
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Old Nov 30, 2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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I suggest AppleCare from B&H Video - cheapest - may go 3rd party if you have no Apple Retail store / Apple Service provider near you.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 07:55 AM   #3
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I suggest AppleCare from B&H Video - cheapest - may go 3rd party if you have no Apple Retail store / Apple Service provider near you.
Why is B&H cheaper? Is it the same AppleCare warranty you could get from Apple?
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 12:10 PM   #4
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Why is B&H cheaper? Is it the same AppleCare warranty you could get from Apple?
Yes - exactly the same. Read the reviews - its 100% legit.

Purchased AppleCare for an old MBP there and also my iMac.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 12:18 PM   #5
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I have also purchased Applecare from B&H several times with no issues. I use SquareTrade for my smaller devices--iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and recently had a hassle free experience with them. I think they are great. But for my actual computers, I feel safer with Applecare.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 12:20 PM   #6
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AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac or Apple Display
  • You can buy AppleCare any time during the first year warranty period, so you don't have to buy it at time of purchase.
  • You can check your remaining warranty and/or AppleCare coverage here
  • AppleCare will extend the 1 year warranty for an additional 2 years, for a total of 3 years coverage from the date of your Mac purchase.
    It also extends telephone support from 90 days, which is included with your original warranty, to a total of 3 years.
  • You cannot buy AppleCare again or renew it once it expires.
  • Neither the Apple Warranty nor AppleCare will cover damage from accidents, spills, etc. They only cover manufacturing defects.
  • AppleCare+ provides some coverage for accidental damage, but is only available for the iPad and iPhone, not for Apple computers.
  • Neither the Apple Warranty nor AppleCare will cover batteries that have worn out. They only cover defective batteries.
  • You can buy AppleCare from Apple or from other sources, such as Amazon, B&H Photo Video, L.A. Computer Company and others. Exercise caution when buying from sites such as eBay, as some AppleCare offers have been scams.
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You can purchase Applecare at any time within the first year with Apple, but does B&H let you do that? I'm curious as to how B&H can afford to sell Apple products so much cheaper and even sell Applecare at a much lower price
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You can purchase Applecare at any time within the first year with Apple, but does B&H let you do that? I'm curious as to how B&H can afford to sell Apple products so much cheaper and even sell Applecare at a much lower price
Yes, you can buy AppleCare at any time from any vendor that sells it. Whether your Mac qualifies for it is up to Apple, not the vendor.
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Old Dec 1, 2012, 01:23 PM   #9
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As long as you are aware AppleCare does not cover accidents, dents, glass break, water damage. It's not an cover-all insurance.

It's a nice thing when ur wife asks, hey I got a problem with my laptop, you say, "oh, take it to the genius, they will take care of you." and u keep golfing
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Yes - exactly the same. Read the reviews - its 100% legit.

Purchased AppleCare for an old MBP there and also my iMac.
Thanks. After spending well over $1K on a MBA, AppleCare seems more than worth it.
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Thanks. After spending well over $1K on a MBA, AppleCare seems more than worth it.
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...r_MacBook.html

You can buy AppleCare any time within the first 365 days

You get 1 year warranty with purchase and 90 days phone support.

AppleCare gives you a total of 3 year warranty and 3 years of phone support.

You can check your coverage by on Apple's website with your serial # - https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do
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