AppleCare for cheap

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  1. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    AC used to be around $140 on eBay for a 15" MBP, for some reason it's really hard to find it at that price.

    I could get a student discount for $239, but is there anywhere else I could get it for cheap?

    Cheers
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You can't find it for cheap on eBay anymore because most of the offerings were scams
    There has been a big crackdown on that and you don't see it much anymore

    If it seems too good to be true, it usually is
     
  3. yezza macrumors regular

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    I never read or experienced any evidence of eBay-sold AppleCare being a scam, though I did wonder. I ended up purchasing my Mac Pro AppleCare 3 years ago on eBay from a seller called memorymate. It cost $80, activated fine, and I eventually had to use it for a failing optical drive. There were no problems with the AppleCare, and it cost me a fraction of the cost had I have purchased from another source.
     
  4. SDAVE thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, I've bought AppleCare 4-5 times through ebay over the years. Two of them I only received a code. Worked fine at the Apple Store.

    I think now Apple Stores might want the box as a proof of purchase, so all the auctions I see are for sealed boxes.
     
  5. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

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    I got 3 AC's from eBay (got only codes) and never had an issue with any of them.
     
  6. jyhfeei, Jun 17, 2012
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    jyhfeei macrumors newbie

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    Good deal on applecare at B&H. Just got my new 13" MBA with applecare (50% off when you buy with mac, $95) and free parallels 7 for $1294. Since I used an AMEX, the warranty will be bumped to 4 years too.
     
  7. derrranged macrumors member

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    The box for APP is not serialized. The box is not proof of purchase. The store will never ask to see your original APP box. If your code is valid, its valid.

    http://www.apple.com/support/applecare/welcome/
     
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  9. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    if you buy it with your Mac on the higher education discount you get it for a vastly reduced price (279>60)
     
  10. scoobydoo99 macrumors 6502a

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    Not according to AMEX terms & conditions.

    AMEX only extends the "original manufacturer's warranty" (i.e. 1 year). AppleCare is an extended warranty, so AMEX doesn't stack on top of that.

    Your choice is AMEX for a total warranty of 2 years, or
    AppleCare for a total warranty of 3 years.

    So, with AppleCare, you are paying a pretty large premium for just an extra year.
     
  11. jyhfeei, Jun 23, 2012
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    Buying an Apple computer and Applecare extends your warranty to 4 years when using AMEX. This is straight from American Express warranty extention department.

    Apple is the original manufacturer and Apple warranty's the computer for 3 years if you buy Applecare. AMEX extended warranty would not apply to third party warranty extentions as these are companies are not the original manufacturer.

    My computers have started to fall apart, mechanically, at about year 4, so I think this is a pretty useful extention.
     
  12. scoobydoo99 macrumors 6502a

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    OK. I hope that is correct. When you say it is straight from the warranty extension department, I assume you mean someone told you over the phone. That's difficult to enforce. At some later date, they will always fall back to the wording in the terms & conditions. The exact wording from my AMEX terms is
    "extend the terms of the original U.S. manufacturer's warranty", so the interpretation comes down to whether they mean the "original" - U.S. manufacturer's warranty (which is one year before AppleCare) or the "original U.S. manufacturer's" (i.e. Apple's) warranty, which, as you state, is 3 years with AppleCare.

    I am just always suspect when I need to rely on a corporation's interpretation after the fact. It is hard to enforce something if they decide to deny a claim when the wording is open to interpretation. And that rep you talked to will be long gone, as will any recording of the conversation.

    But, like I said, hopefully it works the way you say.
     
  13. SDAVE thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Do you know if this works for AMEX Prepaid cards?
     
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    I doubt it'll work on a prepaid, but LAComputer has great A/C deals.
     
  15. Slivortal macrumors 6502

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    Is this really true? Because from looking at the online store, it's 210 (at least for the MBPR).
     
  16. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    from amex

    that would add Amex's 1 year extension onto the end of Applecare for a total of 4 years
     
  17. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    Yes this is true.
     
  18. Slivortal macrumors 6502

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    Nice - but how do I get it? On the apple online store, it only shows the 210 option - is there someone I need to talk to, or what?
     
  19. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    move to the UK probably
     
  20. Slivortal macrumors 6502

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    Something tells me I'd actually be losing money.
     
  21. christolles macrumors newbie

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    For anyone who has had good experiences on eBay, any tips for finding a reputable seller? Any specific sellers to recommend?

    Also, a logistical question.

    1. I buy and iPad (new in box) on eBay with my Amex.
    2. I buy AppleCare+ for iPad on eBay with my Amex.

    Do I get the extra year from Amex? Which would make it three years, since frustratingly AppleCare+ for iPad is only two years instead of three years for Macs...

    Thanks,
    Chris
     
  22. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    This might just be the UK but all Macs bought on the HE discount get 3years hw cover for free, the £60 is to add 3 year phone cover too.
     
  23. Slivortal macrumors 6502

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    I meant the price of the product overall. I'm sure the AppleCare itself could very well be cheaper.
     
  24. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020

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    I assumed you meant the applecare, you don't get retina MBPs for £210 ;)
     
  25. Slivortal macrumors 6502

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    Oh, I meant AppleCare, but Apple's prices are relatively high in the UK, no?
     

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