Price Advice Apple asked for $1000 to repair a $1300 laptop

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by PrayForDeath, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    It's a MacBook Pro 13" 2011, and it has liquid damage. A glass of water dropped on the table and the water reached the laptop, water didn't fall directly on top of the laptop.

    I took it to the Apple store, and the technician took it to the back and studied it for 5 mins then came back and said the following parts need to be replaced:

    Logic Board
    Top Case
    Display

    The total ends up around $870, and after tax it's $1000!! (15% tax in Montreal.)

    I took it to a local repair shop specialized in macs, and they couldn't fix it. They said the parts are beyond repair.

    What should I do? It would be ridiculous to pay $1k to fix this laptop. Any suggestions?


    p.s: I know about AppleCare+, and yes it would've been nice to have it, but this is not my laptop (my parents') and I wasn't around when they bought it to suggest AC+
     
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    dukebound85

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    sell on CL and put funds towards a new one?
     
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    Naimfan

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    Either buy a new one or repair it . . .
     
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    GGJstudios

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    Only you can decide if the cost of repair is worth it to you.
    AppleCare+ provides some coverage for accidental damage, but is only available for the iPad and iPhone, not for Apple computers.
     
  5. Guest

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    I'd buy a refurb MacBook. You can get a 'new' one for that kind of money.
     
  6. macrumors 68020

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    This wouldn't have worked either way. AppleCare+ only applies to iPads and iPhones. Mac products only have the regular AppleCare option.

    For the topic, I would suggest just putting that $1000 towards a new computer, or buy a used one second hand. There's no point putting that much money into a repair.
     
  7. itegypt, Nov 20, 2012
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    itegypt

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    You can sell it as is and add to the cash and get a new/refurb one or contact repair shops they got bunch on ebay.com maybe its less than :apple:

     
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    What would i do?

    Not spill water on it in the first place.

    It amazes me how little respect people give to expensive items.
     
  9. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh wow, did not know that. So MacBook owners have no way to buy insurance against accidents?

    Thanks, I will definitely consider this.

    Thanks for the input, but this isn't really helping. It's not my laptop, and the damage is done.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    Yes, you can buy insurance from an insurance company. There are a few companies that offer accident coverage for computers; just not Apple.
     
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    chrisperro

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    on ebay you can get around 300 or 350 for it, craigslist in montreal probably around 250,
    your call
     
  12. Guest

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    Might be worth checking out if yours/ your parents home insurance/ renters insurance covers anything like this.
     
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    Squilly

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    Protect Your Bubble is one of them. Very well worth it. $10 a month (I think) and covers everything you could ever think of, including theft or losing it.
     
  14. macrumors 68020

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    Accidents happen.
     
  15. macrumors 6502a

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    Buy a dell, on sale right now
     
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    Squilly

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    Check http://protectyourbubble.com. They might be able to help you out.
     
  17. macrumors 6502a

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    Most of us aren't a Jedi Knight like you clearly are:eek:
     
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    richnyc

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    What he said;) Sorry
     
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    If your data is safe, get rid of the computer and buy a new one. A friend of mine did the same thing recently: £1,000 MBP, liquid damage, Apple wanted ~£900 to fix it. She's just getting a new one.
     
  20. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I think I'll sell it on ebay and get a refurbished MBA 13 for $940.

    How much do you think I can get for it? I saw several completed auctions on ebay for $499, is that realistic?
     
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    Jedi knights are fictional... No need to be childish
     
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    Nyy8

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    I wouldn't expect home owners Insurance to cover the entire thing. I know for a fact, ours we have to pay the first $1000 dollars, and they cover the rest. (Not useful here, since the thing is only worth 1,300)
     
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    Shaneuk

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    Well done, Captain Obvious.
     
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    OP, keep in mind that if you pay with a CC, you do have benefits, depending on your card that may or may not cover accidental damage/theft, etc

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    and if you did this route, not only do you pay the deductible, but the act of filing a claim raises your premiums
     
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    I'm curious how the display requires replacing; if a glass of water spilt near to the laptop and flowed across the desk it shouldn't have affected the display; unless maybe the display circuitry short-circuited and fried the display?
     

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