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Old Jan 19, 2013, 06:25 PM   #1
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Buying Apple Care on Ebay

Hi guys,

I would like to buy Apple care for my new mac mini. I recall in the past that many members of this forum would purchase Apple Care from Ebay at prices that were usually 25% to 50% cheaper than buying from Apple.

However, I also remember that there was some controversy over this with the Apple Care disappearing from a registered Mac's account.

My question: Is it safe to buy Apple care from Ebay again? And would you recommend it?

I'm a student so if I can save 25% to 50% on Apple care, I would take it.

Thanks!
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Old Jan 19, 2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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It is safe (certainly much safer ways). Check seller ratings also make sure you get the AppleCare box with registration and serial # factory sealed. Dont allow them to email you AppleCare code - they can "return" AppleCare.

Safest way to purchase AppleCare with a nice discount is B&H Video.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 10:08 AM   #3
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AppleCare on Ebay?

Don't even THINK about it, until you have read this thread, in its entirety:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...hlight=don+buy
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 10:17 AM   #4
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AppleCare on Ebay?

Don't even THINK about it, until you have read this thread, in its entirety:
http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...hlight=don+buy
I agree completely. Buy AC from Apple. It might be more expensive, but if you need it, then it is always well worth the initial cost.
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Old Jan 20, 2013, 05:46 PM   #5
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Buy from Apple (use the Education discount) or buy from an authorized reseller like B&H. eBay is rolling the dice and you may well lose.
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Old Jan 22, 2013, 10:53 AM   #6
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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._for_iMac.html

$122 vs Apples $169 Best prices around and you won't get screwed
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 12:50 PM   #7
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Only buy AppleCare from Apple or an authorised Apple reseller/retailer (of which there are quite a few worldwide).

In the UK, Jigsaw24 has been the cheapest place to buy AppleCare for me on several occasions.

You can get it on Amazon also, but sometimes its through a dodgy marketplace seller - so beware of that too.
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Old Feb 8, 2013, 12:44 PM   #8
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wow, BH has it for only 1$ more than the best priced ebay vendor right now. There is one ebay vendor that sells code only, those are $50 less.
Years ago one of my customers bought a license for crystal reports on ebay. As it turned out, the fraudulent seller had found a way to hack, or had an insider at the company that created the license key.

It was 50% off a 3K license for an enterprise level product. A discount is great, but is the risk worth it?
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 05:10 AM   #9
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It is safe (certainly much safer ways). Check seller ratings also make sure you get the AppleCare box with registration and serial # factory sealed. Dont allow them to email you AppleCare code - they can "return" AppleCare.

Safest way to purchase AppleCare with a nice discount is B&H Video.
Wait a second. They emailed me the code. I have no box.
I make registration with Apple. Everything is ok. Now I have a valid and active Apple care plan.

Can the seller 'return' my 'Apple care' or take it back, all alone by himself, without any knowledge by me or permission or anything?
Is it possible to take back the Apple care the sold me? From the moment I registered it, doesn't belong to me? Can the cancel it or revoke, afterwards?

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Old Apr 1, 2014, 11:31 AM   #10
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I got AppleCare a couple of month's back from bhphotovidio for my rMBP. Came to me via mail in sealed box just like you would see at an Apple Store. No problem whatsoever registering code online with Apple. Also purchased AppleCare from them in 2007 for my MB. Reputable company that has been around awhile.
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Wait a second. They emailed me the code. I have no box.
I make registration with Apple. Everything is ok. Now I have a valid and active Apple care plan.

Can the seller 'return' my 'Apple care' or take it back, all alone by himself, without any knowledge by me or permission or anything?
Is it possible to take back the Apple care the sold me? From the moment I registered it, doesn't belong to me? Can the cancel it or revoke, afterwards?
If a company like B&H emailed me code I would be fine. However, its possible that the AppleCare could be transferred or possible credit back to an individual.

Where did you purchase it from? It does mean you will be scammed - its only possible.
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Old Apr 2, 2014, 01:30 AM   #12
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I purchased it from electronic king, ebay seller which sells macs since 2003.
I could not make the registration myself, so I called Apple and they made the registration for me, after checking it. So, is it real?
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