Apple Care or Bestbuy Accidental Damage Plan?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Nervebullet, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Nervebullet macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2007
    Hey guys!

    I am unsure of which to get.

    I dont like shipping a laptop away , so id rather hand it over somewhere close

    Best Buy is a few minutes away, but come August we will get an apple store right next to it so my question is as follows...

    which option do you recommend

    1) Buy apple care and if anything needs to be fixed visit the apple store
    (i dont know the education discount on this but i will get it at that price)

    2) Buy a protection plan at best buy for 3 years for $480. This covers accidental damage and hardware repairs.

    What are your thoughts guys =)

    Hopefully im getting my mbp today and its going to be my first ( ive had an imac since nov. and i love apple)

  2. cyclingplatypus macrumors 65816


    Mar 15, 2007
    You've got a year to decide on AppleCare, and I'm like you I'd rather take it somewhere instead of shipping it. AppleCare is far less than the $480 BB wants.
  3. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Don't do the Best Buy thing. They don't sell Macs, so they will heavily resist you on repairing/replacing it.

    Secondly, Applecare is the best. There are many stories on this forum of people who have gotten excellent service and they will do just about anything to make you satisfied. And the fact that you will have an Apple Store there sweetens the deal even more. You can't beat a face-to-face tech consultation with someone who actually knows the Mac.
  4. Ish macrumors 68020


    Nov 30, 2004
    My PB had three new logic boards within about 18 months of buying it. Can't fault the service. After the first time I knew what the problem was and I rang up beforehand to check if the part was in. When it was, the Apple store replaced the board within two or three hours and I could take it back the same day.

    I've been very satisfied and I'd much rather trust Apple with my Apple hardware. Wouldn't like anyone else to get their hands on it, never mind letting them poke about inside.
  5. dex22 macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    Round Rock, TX
    People who work at Apple are really motivated to work there. People who work at Best Buy are trying to get by in retail.

    Who do you want to fix your computer if it breaks?
  6. urbanskywalker macrumors 6502

    Apr 30, 2007
    Don't buy Best Buy go with Apple. Best Buy likes to give you the bull about Apple not covering certain things, but it's crap. Best Buy will also take longer to fix your machine and chances are they will have to send it out to Apple anyway. Cut out the middle man and save yourself time and money. Also with Apple, as pointed out, you can buy Apple care anytime within the first year.
  7. gameguy3001 macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2007
    Saskatoon, SK
    I'd say go with the AppleCare, its the top rated computer tech support for 4 or 5 year in a row. It will also cover any repair for free, unless you throw your computer down a flight of stairs. Since your getting a apple store as well, get the applecare.
  8. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    New Hampshire
  9. steamboat26 macrumors 65816


    May 25, 2006
    Arlington VA
    Be wary of any kind of best buy protection plan. I used to work for them, and they will do almost anything to avoid replacing your product.
  10. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    They actually do sell macs (in store and online).

    Apple employs third party repair centers (Flextronics, Teleplan, others), so your machine isn't gauranteed to be fixed by Apple

    I completely agree. Applecare is the best option.
  11. anirban macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Slightly off-topic but..

    With no intention of hijacking the thread, I have a question:

    If I purchased AppleCare from Apple online store, and if my MBP needs some warranty work, can I just take it to an Apple Store (even though I didnt buy the MBP from there)? Or do I need to ship my machine to Apple?
  12. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    Apple Care isnt' going to cover a lightening strike. Or dust issues, or other type of stuff that BB is going to.

    They will cover bare bones Manufacturing Defects. Nothing "accidental" at all.

    Read the fine print and then decide!

    Oh and laptops are shipped off for service, even with Apple Care. Very rarely will you get an instore repair from what i've read.

    anirban: you can take it to the Apple Store - but they will probably ship it off for most things. So it may be faster to get service calling - just depends on the issue you are having.
  13. Nuc macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    You can take it to the Apple Store. I bought mine online at and have taken mine in with no problems.

  14. amc382 macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2003
    Applecare 100%

    I wouldn't trust the best buy people to do something as simple as install RAM.
  15. anirban macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Thanks a lot Nuc and TraceyS/FL for the replies.

    Yes, I would not trust Best Buy to touch such a cosmetically delicate machines such as MBP. I remember when I had asked them to fix a problem in my HP laptop, they were not able to fix the problem, charged me an outrageous amount, and returned my laptop with lots of scratches on the lid.

    I saw them just taking the laptop, putting it upside down to look at the battery, and then sliding it to get a better look- on just plain hard wood table. What the heck??
  16. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Stick with Apple Care, I imagine that Best Buy doesnt exactly move....quickly....

    Apple Care is extremely quick although they ship things out and as long as you don't do stupid things the accidentalness shouldn't be a problem.
  17. Affe macrumors member

    May 12, 2007
    I am not going to dis on Best Buy, their replacement plans on their iPods are great! I have gotten to upgrade from a SanDisk to a iPod nano G1 to a iPod nano G2, all for the same price (I might of had to pay a bit the difference of the SanDisk to nano.) The Best Buy near me accepts you to just complain about battery life, or in the case of my 1gen nano the screen discoloration or "rainbow" effect on it and they would either give me a replacement of same product or store-credit.

    However, I cannot vouch for their laptop plans and for that price I don't think it is worth it. I think AppleCare is the way to go in this case.
  18. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Apple Care on iPods isn't shabby either. I don't dislike Best Buy, but Apple's replacement or repair plan's on iPods are amazing. Sure they don't upgrade your iPod, they replace it, which is the correct thing from both a business/consumer stand point. If you have Apple Care and unless you damage your iPod (such as smashing the screen with a hammer) if there's an issue with your iPod, you won't leave the Apple Store with a broken one.
  19. aquajet macrumors 68020

    Feb 12, 2005
    Actually, many things can be repaired in-store. The Superdrive, speakers and fan in my MBP were all replaced in-store.
  20. theBB macrumors 68020


    Jan 3, 2006
    When I bought a Compaq laptop at Best Buy, I bought BB plan. They replaced my battery without any fuss after about 2 years later when it lost much of its capacity. Of course, they charged me about half of your price, so it was an easier choice.

    Read the fine print. If they cover the battery and accidental damage, it might be worth it.

    Does AppleCare cover battery after 1 year?
  21. franknpiano macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2011
    I completely agree, it depends on products and which location as well.

    The best buy in city of industry before (6 years ago) used to be pretty awesome.

    I had a PS3 with extended warranty, and it broke; and i ended up getting a store credit like $100 because sony reduced the price on ps3.

    That was nice. Then Best Buy is asking for driver's license to return anything to monitor returns. It is not so nice now.


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