Anyone bother with the Applecare Protection Plan

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jgunn, Feb 15, 2011.

  1. macrumors regular

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    It's about $320aus for the additional two years of hardware protection. I'll prob wait towards the end of the first year if I do go for it. I had my 2007 macbook for 4 years and really had no trouble though. Waste of money?
     
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    Thanks, I know there are similar topics, I'm asking specific to the air, in that it has ssd's (no trim), is hard to open, creaking lids etc.
     
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    You do realize the coverage starts from the time you bought the computer, not from the time you buy the coverage, right? So waiting a year doesn't buy you more coverage time. Some people think it does.
     
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    yeah I'm thinking that if I haven't had an issue towards the end of the first year I will be swayed to probably not get it. If I've had any issues then I would sign up. I guess I'll just see what type of issues crop up generally after everyones been using them for a year

    apologies to GGL. I didn't look very hard. Your welcome to lock the topic.
     
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    No need to apologize. I was just posting links to threads that have the feedback you're looking for. I hope it helped!
     
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    I always buy AppleCare and the one time I need it in 3 years, pays for it plus more. I don't buy an extended warranty for anything else but for something as expensive as the high-end macs I buy, it has always been worth it. Plus, it also covered my Time Capsule that went out twice.
     
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    I'm usually a big proponent of buying AppleCare, I had it on my iMac, my MacBook Pro and iPhone. However with my MBA I'm on the fence for a couple of reasons. First I paid about $1200 for my MBA and I paid for it with an American Express card which means my warranty is really 2 years instead of the standard 1 year Apple warranty. So that means I'd be paying $250 (assuming I paid retail) for 1 years coverage on a $1200 computer, that's about 21% of the purchase price! 21% for 1 year, hmmm difficult. Considering I got my MBA in late January I still have many months to make up my mind. If the machine develops any problems over those months then I'll probably buy AppleCare however if it continues to be reliable then I'll probably skip it this time.
     
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    AppleCare

    I have rarely purchased Applecare plans and have had no issues with any of my previous mac's or current one's. (Knocks on wood) But Applecare can be very costly and at the end of the day its really your decision.
     
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    Because of the legislation in my country, AppleCare is redundant for me - but Macs are far more expensive here than in the US (about 40-50 % extra).
     
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    I normally don't, but I probably will spring for it on this 13" MBA ultimate.
     
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    I pretty much always get it on laptops as a rule, what with everything being integrated in them. Say one of your USB ports dies - there's no way to replace it without replacing the entire logic board. Seeing as how there's really only six 'parts' on the modern Air (bottom plate, top case, logic board, battery, SSD, display assembly), and any one of the important ones would probably cost a fortune to replace if need be, AppleCare can pay for itself with a single visit.

    My mother, for example, has had her Core Duo MacBook gutted and rebuilt twice now for various issues.
     
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    Yes, to the OP.

    Actually, the fact that Apple are so good at honouring their warranties is one of the reasons I switched to the world of Mac in 2008, as I was impressed by their service. Prior to that, two iPods had died in succession, (HD failure on the Classic) and had been replaced/repaired without any hassle or seeking refuge in contractual small-print on production of a sales receipt.

    Therefore, I got Applecare for my MBP around 10 months after I bought it in May 2008 (and, as it happened, I found that I needed it in the past year when the HD on the MBP crashed) and also for my MBA shortly after I purchased it last September.

    To my way of thinking, Applecare gives peace of mind for three years.

    Cheers
     
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    Just bought my MBA Ultimate 11.6 and I think I am going to consider buying it. Never know what can and will happen....:(
     
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    Its around $200 on eBay.
     
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