How neccessary is applecare?

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  1. spacehog371 macrumors regular

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    I'm going to be buying a new macbook... and I'm thinking that with all of the problems people seem to be having I need to get applecare. However, you don't need applecare for factory defects correct? I'd like to save the money... and I know that is not an excuse but in the almost 3 years I've had my current powerbook I've never used the applecare I've bought with it. What do you guys think?
     
  2. Verto macrumors 6502a

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    You've got a year to decide whether or not to get AppleCare. That gives you time to see how things are going.
     
  3. spacehog371 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thank you... i didn't know how long after you had to decide if you wanted it. I guess if I have a problem I will buy it... and if I don't then I will probably buy it anyways at a time where I'm not that tight on money.
     
  4. obrien234 macrumors regular

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    also, the student discount on AppleCare is quite nice (assuming your a student).

    If you are, its not as much money as you've been expecting.
     
  5. Steve Jobless macrumors 6502

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    i say get apple care now, you only get 90 days of phone support....
     
  6. D34th macrumors regular

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    Technically you have an entire year to decide. But in my opinion, especially for a laptop, it's a smarter investment than the laptop itself, if that makes sense...
     
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I think the statistic is that 15% of laptops will break within the first year of use. Desktops, it's more like 1%. Keep in mind I pulled those stats out of my ass, but they're along those lines.
     
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    Agreed. I think something portable like a laptop is WAY more susceptible to damage.
     
  10. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Not necessary by any means, IMO. Keep in mind, you have a one-year warranty and most electronics will fail fairly quickly, if they fail at all. The next two years covered by AppleCare cover the years when the value of your computer will fall to 50% or less of what you paid for it. AppleCare is a steep price to pay, considering the replacement value of the computer during that time.

    As for phone support, forget about it. You'll get better technical support from your friends here at MacRumors. ;)
     
  11. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    I bought Applecare for every Mac I purchased. So far, I did not have an opportunity to use it at all (which is good). Even though my Ti PB's Applecare expired last year, it has yet to develop any problem so far.

    For the first 3 Macs, I bought Applecare when I bought Macs. But, for the 4th one (iBook), I purchased Applecare via an on-line merchant. No sales tax, which is good. When I buy MBP and Power Mac replacement next year, I will get Applecare via the online merchant so that I don't have to pay sales tax.

    If you get Applecare for Apple's notebook computer, it has a global coverage. This comes in handy when you need to move out to overseas.
     
  12. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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    But if you're computer is down, then you'll have a heck of a time getting to MR.

    ;)
     
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  14. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    I totally agree. I don't even bother calling up computer makers' tech support as I feel whoever is at the end of the line is reading the on-screen ready-made answers, which I could have just looked up by googling or asking questions on the forums like this one.
     
  15. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Ha, this is true. Still, some people do manage, and personally I've found Apple's tech support to be uniformly useless; certainly not worth paying extra to get. Less than useless actually. The last I used them, they suggested reinstalling OSX to address a kernel panic, when the real problem was bad RAM -- which I discovered on my own.
     
  16. YS2003 macrumors 68020

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    That is the reason I have 4 Macs and 3 PCs. A backup machine after backup machines. I cannot go back to the time I only had 1 or 2 machines. I need to keep at least 4 machines just in case as I am now spoiled with my current set up. One for road use (which is subject to higher chances of getting damages), 1 for work only machine, and 2 for personal/hobby/work machines. And a few others.
    If my PB goes out, I will send it in to Apple and I will let them take whatever time it takes for them to fix it, while I keep doing my daily routine with my other machines.
     

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