Is There Anything Wrong With Buying Applecare Later?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bobber205, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. bobber205 macrumors 68020

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  2. Ja Di ksw macrumors 65816

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    Not to my knowledge, just make sure you don't forget. After 1 year you can't get it anymore.
     
  3. bksmith macrumors newbie

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    If you don't buy Applecare with your purchase, Apple will send you a letter and will follow up with a phone call to you about 45 days prior to the one year warranty expiring. This happend with me on several occations. I would still plan to purchase at least 30 days before original warranty expires.
     
  4. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    Though I've also heard a case where the reminder came AFTER the year had passed, so you may not want to rely on that letter/call too much.

    I'd highly recommend Applecare, especially if you have a portable. It's saved me from buying 4 screens and a logic board!
     
  5. Ja Di ksw macrumors 65816

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    I received no letter or phone call, so be careful
     
  6. Macmaniac macrumors 68040

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    No difference, just be sure to give yourself some pad so you can make sure if you get AppleCare it goes through.
    Keep the date!
     
  7. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    Like others posted before, if you have a laptop, it's almost a must to purchase the extended coverage provided by AppleCare. AppleCare has already paid for itself when my Powerbook went in for a screen replacement. As the old addage says, "it's better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it".
     
  8. coffey7 macrumors 6502a

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    don't buy it

    You won't need it. It' s not like they are made in china.:)
     
  9. AP_piano295 macrumors 65816

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    what type of cpu does he have?
     
  10. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    Racist. >.<

    Just buy it before the 1 year period ends. Otherwise you're screwed.
     
  11. 3mph macrumors newbie

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    What does it save ($) if u buy it one year later?
     
  12. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Nothing. Just upfront cost. :shrug: In fact, some people have had better luck getting AppleCare at a discounted price when purchasing with a new machine.
     
  13. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816

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    um...maybe we'll have crazy mad inflation;) .

    (kidding)

    yeah, it doesn't.
     
  14. gman71882 macrumors 6502

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    It will still be the same price a year later... so you wont "save" any money. Youll just put off the puchase.
    If you can get it through the educational store you can save about 100 or so depending on the machine.
     
  15. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    Not necessarily, Applecare prices are (strangely in my opinion) different, and you can often buy cheaper from non-Apple sources:

    Applecare for MBP
    Apple Store = 349.99 (239.99 for Educational)
    Precision Camera and video = $299.99
    Amazon.com = $309.99

    This has NEVER made any sense to me. :confused:
     
  16. generik macrumors 601

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    Sarcasm at its finest :D
     
  17. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    This happened to me. It all got resolved (there is a thread around here on it from February I think) but sorta a pain in the tush. Just make sure to get it before a year is up.
     
  18. discoforce macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, you were the "case" I referred to. And here I was trying to maintain your anonymity... ;)
     
  19. drift1492 macrumors member

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    It actually would save you money (sort of) if you waited 11 months to buy. If you spend 350 now to buy it, that leaves you with -350 for 11 months. You could have invested the 350 and (assuming 10% return ;) ) had 385 at the end of 11 months. Plus 35 bucks.

    No logical reason to buy it when you purchase the computer.
     
  20. Ish macrumors 68000

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    I bought Applecare at the eleventh hour, in the nick of time.

    The only difference I can see between buying it early and buying it late is that the telephone support that comes with the Mac expires after 90 days if you don't have Applecare, so if you buy it late you'll have a time with no support. If you're not bothered about that, buy it when you've got the cash.
     
  21. rdowns Suspended

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    Buying AppleCare will extend your free phone support from the standard 90 days to 3 years from date of purchase. Might be a good enough reason to purchase it sooner rather than later. Apple could also raise the rates in the future.
     
  22. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Gasp! How scandalous! I hadn't even thought of that. :eek: Such a good point... :eek:
     

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