Apple Care

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Bballguy997, Jul 23, 2006.

  1. Bballguy997 macrumors newbie

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    For a first time mac buyer I might have a chance on august 6th (yes i know, right before WWDC, but I dont really care) for $1600, tax free($150).

    Is the one year limited waranty good enough to last a couple months until I can buy the full one, or considering some of the problems (heat, dead pixels, and the rest listed here: http://www.appledefects.com/wiki/index.php?title=MacBook_Pro



    will the one year limited cover most of those problems, or should I take the plunge and buy the full waranty now?
     
  2. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    The one year Applecare offers the same coverage as the 3 year, save for a shorter amount of time. The other limit is that telephone support is free for only the first 90 days for the standard applecare. You can upgrade at anytime during the first year.

    Whether or not you upgrade simply has to do with how much risk you want to take, after the first year. I went with the extended warranty and have used it aplenty for my 15" powerbook.
     
  3. ricgnzlzcr macrumors 6502a

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    Get the 3 year warranty. When I first bought my powerbook, it saved it from a bad hard drive and it saved my girlfriend when she got her macbook twice. I plan on upgrading hers to 3 years when I get a bit more money. It's definitely worth it.
     
  4. Fleetwood Mac macrumors 65816

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    Something I'd do in your situation;

    Buy the Mac on the 6th, don't open the box. If nothing enticing is announced, use your newly purchased Mac. If something that tickles your fancy is announced, simply return the computer. Because the box isn't opened and you're within fourteen day limit (by quite a lot) you won't have any problems returning the machine and probably won't even have to pay a restocking fee.
     
  5. solvs macrumors 603

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    If something new is released and the price of the old machines comes down within 10 days of buying, they will give you the difference if you ask if you want to keep the old machine or let you upgrade to a new one (though they will often charge you a restocking fee). You can get AppleCare anytime within the year after buying your Mac, but yeah, you only get 90 days of phone support with the standard warranty. It's not that much for peace of mind, even if you never use it.
     
  6. Bballguy997 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the advice, i'll wait and buy the care plan later on during the 1 yr.

    Im trying to understand this, so sorry for the questions.

    MBP costs $1999 - $200 edu - $200 for open box item (apple store said I could get this) + no tax on august 6th.

    1 ) you guys are saying, buy, dont open, and if somethign new comes out for a lower price, exchange, and will I get my money back?

    2 ) if I buy, dont open, and something new comes out upgraded at the exact same price as the current model (1999), are you saying I could exchange it for the new one, and I wouldnt have to pay anything even though the original cost $1600?

    sorry, that probaly is confusing, but im trying to get the best deal.
    Thanks
     
  7. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    I'd recommend reading Apple's policy on this:

    Read more about this here. I'd also call to confirm this because your Education and Open-Box situation may make this different for you, I just don't know.
     

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