Buying Apple Care on Ebay

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by zer0tails, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    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.

  2. macrumors 68040


    Nov 3, 2011
    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.
  3. macrumors 603

    Feb 20, 2009
  4. macrumors 68020


    Aug 13, 2011
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    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.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
  7. -jc
    macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2013
    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.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2009
    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?
  9. cool11, Apr 1, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2014

    macrumors 65816

    Sep 3, 2006
    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?
  10. macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2005
    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.
  11. macrumors 68040


    Nov 3, 2011
    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.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Sep 3, 2006
    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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