AppleCare after purchasing from Best Buy

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    #1. Does anyone know if one can purchase AppleCare for a MacBook Pro after the notebook is purchase from Best Buy ?

    #2. Best Buy has the Geek insurance for spills/drops as well as normal break downs for 4 yrs, but cost a pretty penny and wonder if anyone has purchased this insurance/used it, and could tell me any horror stories or good ones...

    Many thanks....
     
  2. saturnotaku macrumors 68000

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    You can purchase AppleCare any time during your first year of ownership. Keep in mind that it's retroactive to your original date of purchase, so if you bought the system on August 31, 2014 but not AppleCare until December, the warranty would expire on August 30, 2017.

    When buying AppleCare, get it from B&H Photo and Video or Adorama Camera, where it costs $100 or more less than what Apple charges.

    My MBP is covered by a "personal items policy" under my homeowner's insurance through State Farm. I've not had to make a claim so I can't comment on how issues are handled. The cost is about $35/year.
     
  3. M5RahuL macrumors 68020

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    #1) Yes

    #2) Avoid BB warranties like the plague! I'd rather get SquareTrade. Otherwise, like mentioned above, get AppleCare anytime within the first year or ownership from B&H or Adorama [ I prefer B&H Photo ] .

    I,too, have personal article insurance from State Farm [ ~ 40 a year ] that covers *accidents*, including theft and loss.
     
  4. bonnie7168 macrumors newbie

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    If you are a student you can receive a substantial discount on AppleCare, check that first. I purchased a rMBP from Best Buy and Apple Care from Apple. I had to send them a photo of my serial number and BB receipt in order to activate the AppleCare.
     
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    Good information folks. Thanks a lot.

    BB has some sales going on, but a bit cheap ones, but my only concern was having AppleCare for Apple and if one can buy the AppleCare from B&H, all the better.

    Thanks again
     
  6. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    As always, what sort of "insurance" are you looking to buy?

    Drops?
    Internals stop working?
    Theft?

    Some policies cover one part, some cover the other.

    And, in the end, the insurance company always makes more money, so in the long run, it is a bad deal. In the short run, it may well be a good deal.
     
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    Was only thinking of the normal hardware repair warranty from Apple, but if drops and spills can be had from my home owners insurance (USAA), so much the better, but if only theft and fire, that's OK. Best Buy only has 1/2/3 yr warranty with drops/spills and hardware issues at over $400+, not giving anyone the option for AppleCare like B&H. I'll wait to find some reviews on B&H MacBook Pro sales + AppleCare
     
  8. philosopherdog macrumors 6502a

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    Avoid Best Buy Warranty And Service At All Costs

    Never ever ever buy Best Buy warranty or insurance. And never ever let them service your Mac. Apple handles all of this with a proper team of trained technicians who work on nothing but macs all day. Just buy direct from Apple. Shipping is free. Make a genius appointment for any service or questions even out of warranty. It's the best service in the industry. Avoid Best Buy. Anyhow, they're in serious financial trouble for a reason because they suck and they rip people off. Do you really want some fly by night contractor fixing your Mac when Apple could do it?
     
  9. mojito macrumors member

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    To mirror most of the folks above - go with AppleCare over the Best Buy warranties. I don't trust BB and their fine print or loopholes. Apple Care made itself worth the price almost immediately when I bought my 2011 MBP. Within 6 months I had a problem with the video out signals and it turned out to need a motherboard replacement and other repairs, totaling close to $900. But because of AppleCare, I didn't pay a cent. And I've gotten a bunch of replacement chargers since then that my dog chewed.
     
  10. Bulldog3777 macrumors 6502

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    State Farm

    I have the State Farm policy also. Spilled coffee on my MBA. Made a call and they sent me a check to replace it and did not even ask to see the damaged one.
     
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    I have USAA and will make the call to see what they offer in addition to theft. Right now its about $41.00 a year for notebook coverage.
     
  12. jlc1978 macrumors 68000

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    USAA offers personal electronics rider for homeowners policies that will cover your Mac. Your homeowner's deductible will apply.
     
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    Agreed, but wonder if they cover spills and drops as well. I will call them. Thanks
     
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    Bought the Pro from "Peach Apple" store at the Mall, and they gave me an additional 1 yr warranty in addition to AppleCare. Not bad. My USAA insurance covers all the other stuff like theft/fire/drops/spills/vandals/and surge issues.

    Think I'm pretty covered ;) Cost $41.00 extra per year
     
  15. nostresshere macrumors 68030

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    Since it was within the first year, would that not be covered even without Applecare?

    Am I missing something?
     
  16. ano0oj macrumors 6502

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    I have the personal property protection with state farm through my renter's insurance, but I think that covers equipment only if the entire thing was damaged. If, for instance you needed to have your logic board replaced, I don't think state farm will cover this.
    I carry applecare + my personal property insurance.

    my laptop was stolen from my car last year, I called my agent with state farm the next day and had a check within 7-8 days for a new laptop.
     
  17. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    Don't even get me started on Best Buy and how they charge hundreds for doing stuff I could do myself in 20 minutes. My non-tech family members do this ALL THE TIME without calling me first. They just go straight to Best Buy and pay, pay, pay.
     
  18. vmv89 macrumors member

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    I had this dilema as well and one of the members on this forum helped me to solve it.

    I purchased recommended Adorama's New Leaf PLUS 5 years coverage for laptop that costs up to $2000 ($219).

    You can buy their warranty even if you bought the laptop at another store only within 14 days from purchase date.

    IF YOU WANT ACCIDENTAL DAMAGE PROTECTION MAKE SURE YOU BUY NEW LEAF PLUS AND NOT REGULAR NEW LEAF COVERAGE.

    IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU CAN CALL THEM AND THEY CAN ASSIST YOU WITH CHOOSING THE RIGHT PLAN!

    HERE IS A LINK:
    http://www.adorama.com/searchsite/default.aspx?searchinfo=New+Leaf+PLUS+5+Year+Service+Plan+laptop
     

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