Apple Care And MBP 15"

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  1. Little Endian macrumors 6502a

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    Okay guys, I hate to beat a dead horse but heres my dilemma. I have a 2.66Ghz MBP 15" that is nearing 1 year and I am considering Applecare.

    I could spend $239 for Apple Care with my edu discount but I am on the fence with that. My other options are to rely on my renters insurance, CC insurance, extended warranty from third party (square trade) or the likes. I am also considering Apple care via ebay at nearly half the price from Apple. I would like to know if anyone has had positive experiences with AppleCare from ebay.

    In Particular I am Looking at these two sellers.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...=250703427405&ff4=263602_263622#ht_878wt_1139

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dl...120622762486&ff4=263602_263622#ht_1964wt_1139
     
  2. fcortese macrumors demi-god

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    I am always in favor of Applecare. It seems worth the expense to me.
     
  3. devilstrider macrumors 6502a

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  4. Mac-key macrumors 6502a

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    I think the question you have to ask yourself is - how much money is your peace of mind worth?

    When I started shopping applecare I went straight to ebay. However, after reading the MANY, MANY threads about AC and ebay (scams, bad experiences, and whatnot) I decided to go through Apple.

    I used the education discount, so I did save some money, BUT I still paid about 80 bucks more than what I would've paid on ebay. For me, the 80 bucks was worth my peace of mind.

    is it for you?
     
  5. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I highly recommend AppleCare. The way it tends to work is that you may not actually need it...but when you do, you really do.... :)
     
  6. infdarknite macrumors newbie

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    I've personally bought applecare from ebay for 3 devices and have had no problems with it... the applecare is definitely worth it as just last week they changed the whole top display due to faulty wireless card which would have been about 150 out of pocket not to mention that they replaced my former 07 macbook pro with the 08 one after 2 logic board issues
     
  7. fkhan3 macrumors 6502

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    I bought mine off ebay for $130 for my 17" MBP, registered it without any problems. Apple emailed me Proof of Coverage Certificate within couple of hours after I registered.

    If you buy it off ebay make sure its from a reputable seller and you receive a proof of coverage certificate.
     
  8. mofunk macrumors 68000

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    Basically its like $120 a year. Which is $10 a month. $2.33 a week $0.33 a day

    I' always get Apple Care if I travel with my Mac. Every Powerbook and Macbook Pro I purchased Apple Care. Why not? They will fix it or replace it.
     
  9. Blu101 macrumors 6502a

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    That's only with a student discount, for a total of $240 over 2 years.

    Yes, it's a 2 year warranty, not 3 years - applecare adds 2 years to the existing 1 year factory warranty, so you are paying for 2 more years, not 3 ;)

    It's totally worth it, considering the cost of repairs, especially on a laptop.

    And even cheaper on eBay: ~$130, or $65 per year, which is just over $5 per month.

    Retail is around $360 direct from Apple for the 15"+17" MBP (cheaper for the 13").
     
  10. suresh31 macrumors regular

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    I got AppleCare for my i7 MBP for $70 on eBay. No issues with activation. Keep looking on ebay for better deal.
     
  11. PhelpsiPhan macrumors 6502

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    Applecare is Definately worth it! i used to work in a service centre and believe me, i am not going without it ever again
     
  12. Ivan P macrumors 68030

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    Actually, in addition to the additional 2 years repair warranty, AppleCare also extends free phone support from 90 days to the entire 3 years - so in the entire scheme of things, you are paying for 3 years worth of service.
     

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