ACPP in Florida

rockandrule

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Aug 3, 2004
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Jacksonville, FL
So, this summer I will be purchasing my first PowerBook. My girlfriend bought a dual 2.0Ghz 1Gb RAM PowerMac last January, and we learned that you could not purchase an Apple Care Protection Plan in Florida if you're not a business. Does anyone know how I may be able to get around this? I have a sister that lives in South Carolina, I would have her purchase the PB, but it is going through a county purchase order from Florida, and obviously that won't work. Do you think that I could purchase the PB in Florida, and then have her purchase the ACPP in SC for me? If so, what might be needed for that. Also, does anyone have any clue why you can't purchase an ACPP in Florida? I know there is one other state like this too. I thought it was because of state law, but my parents have always ordered extra warranties for their Gateways.
 

Sutekidane

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Jan 26, 2005
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As far as I know (living in Florida), the only way is to buy it through compusa and get the compusa extended service plan which is more or less the same price as applecare. I've asked apple employees about having someone outside of the state buy me a mac with applecare and sending it to me, but they stated that that would not work. It all has something to do with insurance and Hurricane Andrew, I dunno, I'm sure someone else can give you the full story.

Good Luck.
 

Norouzi

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Aug 6, 2004
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The reason ACPP is not available to consumers in Florida has to do with the states laws. Several years ago alot of Elderly people were getting ripped off by insurance scams, so the Florida government instituted a law that to sell insurance to consumers in Florida the business has to be based in Florida. Since AppleCare is considered insurance, and Apple is based in California they can't sell AppleCare in Florida.

Now I used to work for an Apple Specialist in Florida, and we used to sell AppleCare to consumers as long as they had a "Home Based Business". All Apple required at the time was a Tax ID # (their social security number for a home based business) and a business name. I'm not comenting on the legality of this, I just did what my boss told me to and passing this possibly useful information to you.

Another possibly more legal way might be to see if you could actually get AppleCare through your business. You'd just need to clear it with your boss and get the tax ID for your company. This should be legal since I'm sure that you use your Mac to do at least some work :) And at least back in 2003 and 2004 ( when I worked for the Specialist) Apple didn't actually check up on weather or not you were a real business, or that the machine in question was bought by a business.
 

cmvsm

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Nov 12, 2004
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Norouzi said:
The reason ACPP is not available to consumers in Florida has to do with the states laws. Several years ago alot of Elderly people were getting ripped off by insurance scams, so the Florida government instituted a law that to sell insurance to consumers in Florida the business has to be based in Florida. Since AppleCare is considered insurance, and Apple is based in California they can't sell AppleCare in Florida.
I'm not sure I understand that either. Apple has stores in Florida in the same fashion as Best Buy, Circuit City, and CompUSA. Best Buy is based out of Minnesota, Circuit City is based out of Virginia, and CompUSA is based out of Texas, yet all three can offer extended warranties inside their stores when Apple cannot. I think there is more to it than that.

Whatever it is, it's a load of crap.
 

bousozoku

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Other companies handle the same situation, it's still surprising that Apple will open stores but not find any way to ensure consumers' Apple purchases.

Other companies either put away money equal to the consumer purchases in Florida banks, or they work with a company that has a similar mechanism.

I recently bought the HP version of the iPod because the HP extended warranty works in Floriduh.

I was told when I bought my last machine from CompUSA, which was pushing AppleCare, that I should state that the machine was used for business when requesting service.
 

Norouzi

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Aug 6, 2004
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Philadelphia, PA
cmvsm said:
I'm not sure I understand that either. Apple has stores in Florida in the same fashion as Best Buy, Circuit City, and CompUSA. Best Buy is based out of Minnesota, Circuit City is based out of Virginia, and CompUSA is based out of Texas, yet all three can offer extended warranties inside their stores when Apple cannot. I think there is more to it than that.

Whatever it is, it's a load of crap.
I Agree complete load of crap. I probabily don't have all the details, as the information I gave was basicly what my boss told me was the reason we couldn't sell AppleCare to consumers. I do know it can't be Apple, because it would be a very very stupid decision not to sell it to consumers if they could. All I know is it was not fun to have a customer start to scream at you because you couldn't sell them AppleCare without a Tax ID. Just one more reason I moved out of Florida.
 

jaw04005

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Aug 19, 2003
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I don't understand why APP is considered "insurance." As stated numerous times at this forum, APP does not protect you from theft, spills, or any type of accidental damage. It should be considered (and marketed) as an extension of the original manufacturer warranty only. Therefore, it should be available in FL.

On a side note, I find it very annoying that most Apple Store employees don't disclose that AppleCare doesn't cover the items mentioned above. A lot of "newbie" Apple customers leave with the impression that APP covers those items. Then, they get hit with a reality check when they dent their AL Powerbooks and have to pay $800 to fix it. :eek:
 

rockandrule

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Aug 3, 2004
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Jacksonville, FL
Alright, thanks for all the help. Just to help with the info I'm an 18 year-old high school senior, and the computer is my graduation gift for college. But anyways, who thinks this might work?:
We have spoken with the Apple Store at Millenia and they said that it would be possible to purchase the computer with the county purchase order (covering the first $3000 for the computer, and I'd cover the rest) and we can use that with the education discount. Do you also think they might let me slide on an Apple Care Protection Plan since it is being purchased mostly from a County purchase order? Might it work if I get the tax ID of the Sherrif's Department my father works for (that is how we are getting the purchase order/loan)?
 
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