AppleCare ebay very dry

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dusk007, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I am nearing the 12th month of owning my MBP and wanted to get AppleCare.
    Tried looking at ebay that used to have it so cheap but the choice seems very limited and the savings I remember to be much better.
    I would still save a lot considering that EURUSD is 1.41 and the regular € is 1:1 the same as the $ price. Yet I was hoping for purchasing it at around $250 or lower.

    Does anybody know what is going on or am I just blind or asking for too much? Did something change in Apple's policy? Does anybody know a shop or seller that is trustworthy and cheap (maybe in Asia with even more exchange rate savings)?
  2. Pballer110 macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2010
  3. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2010
    I think there was a big to do on ebay awhile back with people selling fake copies of applecare or something. I think ebay cracked down on that and now there is not much on there. I remember something of the like happening though. I never really followed it that close.
  4. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

    Tears Apart

    Jun 10, 2009
    Outside Closer
    There's a (most likely) legit seller by the name of Electronic King Inc on eBay who sells mbp 15/17'' AppleCare for 199GBP instead of retail 249BGP.

    Send him an email, he doesn't sell those items publicly.

    I cannot vouch for the guy but I have a computer on my way from him and will do vouch afterward (although feedbacks seem to speak loud about legitimacy).
  5. Bending Pixels macrumors 65816

    Jul 22, 2010
    $244 is probably the best price you'll find, and B&H is legit.
  6. adrian1480 macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2010
  7. tbobmccoy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2007
    Austin, TX
    eBay is always suspect with AppleCare and any sort of warranty program.... I'd also honestly never buy a Mac on eBay, either, since the risk is much higher when you can't actually SEE what you're buying. But that's just me.
  8. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

    Tears Apart

    Jun 10, 2009
    Outside Closer
  9. Ian.C macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2008
    Lancashire, UK

    dont buy applecare from electronic king they dont work... i have 2 off them and apple refused them...

    this is no reflection of electronic kings excellent service, i have bought many macbook off them very good price and delivery, spot on...

    applecare - stay away....


  10. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    Apple has cracked down on Applecare resellers. You have to be an authorized reseller now which is why its so hard to find on flea bay all of a sudden. As someone else said B&H is the place to go now. FYI I bought 3 or 4 Applecare packages from eBay prior to this and had no issues with any of them
  11. dusk007 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    244 sound good enough. +8% US tax divided by 1.41 = 186 €
    no so bad compared to 349 € but the shipping price is killer.

    Is it true that all you need is the serial and the code and there is nothing else in the box. In this case I would ask a friend to ship it to his address and he mails me the codes. Shipping to Austria is $54. Quite a markup and I guess added our 20% import tax aka VAT it would destroy most if not all of the savings.
  12. BlaqkAudio macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2008
    New York
    You could just ask your friend to scan the box for you, it should be good enough proof, especially if you combine it with proof of purchase.
  13. jlc1978, Mar 21, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2011

    jlc1978 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2009
    If you ship outside of NY state there is no US (sales) tax from B&H.

    I'd get a scan of the receipt as well as of the box/codes. Just to be safe.

    One concern - will Apple honor Applecare in Austria for a machine purchased there but with Applecare purchased in the US? I'd check at an Apple store - tell them you may be going to the US and ask if a US purchased warranty is valid in Austria. They may restrict geographically where the warranty can be activated; even though it will be world wide warranty.

    As for MWS, that's up to you. That's what cash is for...
  14. dusk007 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I never quite understood that. Don't you have to pay the tax of the respective state such as California or Indiana?
    At least in every german forum they used to say it works that way without a problem. Because the codes are apparently not geographically restricted. I will ask around in a german forum if that has changed in any way in resent time just to make sure.
    MWS? What cash? I was about to pay by paypal hopefully they don't check the paypal address as long as the shipping address is US. Or else I will have to do some paypal paypal transfer or some odd work around. Transferring money to a US account I tried the inverse way and that was so expensive I took the money home in cash.
  15. MuDPHuDStudent macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Hanover, NH
    In theory, the person buying it has to pay the sales tax in those states. In practice, no one does. There was a Supreme Court decision years ago that said that stores don't have to collect sales tax on items sold over the phone/online if that store doesn't have a physical presence in the state where the product is being shipped. BH only has a presence in NY so it is not required to charge sales tax when the product is sent to any other state. This is the same reason that only charges sales tax in four states.

    Or, you could just ship it to a state that has no sales tax (like New Hampshire and Oregon).

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