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Old Apr 26, 2011, 05:52 PM   #1
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Should I buy Apple Care on my new iMac (hopefully) nextweek?

Do I want to buy Apple Care when I get my new iMac after the refresh? I'm not sure which of the four models I'll pick -- does your answer change depending on which iMac I get?

If I don't buy it when I buy the machine, how long do I have to buy it?

I've had a whole mess of Apple products before but never an iMac, so I'm hoping those of you with iMac experience have some extremely valuable input.

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Old Apr 26, 2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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Theres only one version of AC for an iMac.

About $120 online, $40 per year.

You can buy anytime within the first year.

This information is *readily* available on the net: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applecare
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 06:05 PM   #3
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 06:57 PM   #4
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 08:27 PM   #5
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Applecare has saved my ass a few times actually. Especially with my Mac Pro (logic board died, ram riser died, graphics card died). I clearly got a lemon but Apple always replaced the parts over the few years I had Applecare and usually within a couple days.

Not to say their computers fall apart, but you never know, and I think having that insurance is worth it.
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 08:47 PM   #6
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I have never had to use it on an iMac, but I have known those who wish they had. My sister had the logic board fail on hers after 14 months. I have on several occasions used Applecare on my Macbook Pros. It's always good to be safe, and it's not that expensive.
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 08:49 PM   #7
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Yes, you should buy Applecare. It's alot cheaper for the iMac than the Macbook Pro.
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 09:22 PM   #8
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I did not buy it on my first gen intel iMac, but probably will by the end of the regular warranty.
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 10:30 PM   #9
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Don't buy it from Apple. Buy it from Amazon and save a few bucks :-)
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 10:37 PM   #10
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Forget Apple Care, the product is so good you won't need to hand over hundreds more. Its Apple's greed machine.
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 10:40 PM   #11
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I support the purchase of Apple Care wholeheartedly.

However, I usually wait until my first year of warranty is up to decide if I want it. Why? Because I know enough to fix most of my problems and I usually go through Apple products quickly.

The less knowledge/interest you have in fixing your problems, the more you should think about Apple Care as an early investment.

That being said, you can buy Apple Care on eBay for cheap. Just make sure they have a good reputation.
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Old Apr 26, 2011, 11:29 PM   #12
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100% worth it for the minimal cost associated.

A little known fact about AppleCare is that after three major problems (HDD, Logicboard, etc.) they replace your machine. I bought a White Macbook when they first came out in the summer of 2006 and had my third problem in the summer of 2009, brought it in and they swapped it out right there for a new, up-to-date (then) model.
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 02:00 AM   #13
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Check your consumer rights before you potentially waste your money.
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 04:51 AM   #14
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AppleCare is definitely worth the (relatively small) expence - regardless of where you live. However, as you can get it any time in the first year, there's no need to purchase it until the 11th month of ownership.
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 05:16 AM   #15
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Theres only one version of AC for an iMac.
About $120 online, $40 per year.
You can buy anytime within the first year.
This information is *readily* available on the net: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Applecare
Indeed, which is why he asked primarily if he should buy it, not how much it costs, if there are seperate versions of it () and even when to buy was a minor question for him. If someone would answer his real question it's a small effort to also put in the 11th month remark, right?
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 10:15 AM   #16
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100% worth it for the minimal cost associated.

A little known fact about AppleCare is that after three major problems (HDD, Logicboard, etc.) they replace your machine. I bought a White Macbook when they first came out in the summer of 2006 and had my third problem in the summer of 2009, brought it in and they swapped it out right there for a new, up-to-date (then) model.

Did they say this was standard procedure, after three major problems they'll replace your machine?
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 10:42 AM   #17
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Your simply buying a piece of mind, anytime I buy a product I really use & want to see around for some time I always go the extra for the protection. However, I've only needed apple care one time since owning anything apple and it was with an old iMac.
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 11:16 AM   #18
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I had a logic board go out on an iMac due to a thunderstorm just after the original warranty expired. Had it not been for AppleCare, I would have had an almost $800 repair bill.

It takes only one problem within 3 years to recoup the cost of AppleCare. It's worth it.
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 02:34 PM   #19
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Thanks, lvlarkkoenen, I'm glad you understand my question ;-)

I didn't know if people who had bought the cheapest iMac were less likely to buy Apple Care (since the ratio of insurance cost to product value is higher) than those who bought the most expensive iMac or somewhere in between.
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Old Apr 27, 2011, 03:17 PM   #20
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About $120 online, $40 per year.
That would be $60/year. Your only paying for the 2nd and 3rd years.

I bought the low end 17" imac with AC. I didn't need it, but it felt good to know that I was covered.
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