AppleCare for MBA

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  1. crazyyankeefan macrumors regular

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    Just out of curiosity, how many of you actually bought the AppleCare for your MBA? It's kinda pricey for an "extended warranty".
     
  2. Rob.G macrumors 6502

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    I was told by the guy at Apple Store where I got mine that I could get AppleCare for $180, just to ask for him... so I plan to go back and get it fairly soon. $180 for three years isn't bad.

    Rob
     
  3. Mike84 macrumors 6502a

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    $180 is the student discount.

    Go to apple.com/store and search "student discount." if you are a student you get a discount.
     
  4. potentpotable, Dec 15, 2010
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    Get it on eBay...it's like half the price!

    Edit: Just looked...no it's not. $20 difference if you're a Canadian student between Apple Store and eBay...rats. Other MacBooks used to have really cheap AppleCare deals on eBay!
     
  5. Rob.G macrumors 6502

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    That makes sense. I got the $70 educator discount when I got my MBA.

    Rob
     
  6. crazyyankeefan thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's not too bad. I just looked it up. I had no idea we can use student discount on AppleCare. I'm a graduate student, so I'm a legit student. :)

    $183 is not bad for 3 yr coverage.
     
  7. Spyharpy macrumors member

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    I had good luck with Apple equipment and have owed seven desktops and one laptop over the last 20 years and never bought AppleCare. My last big purchase was a G5 Quad with a 30" display in 2006. I had one year to buy AppleCare before the original warranty expires. I did thinking of the large display and my G5 being water cooled. I bought it and never had to use it but I don't regret buying it. I bought a 13" maxed out MBA and got AppleCare at a discount so I took it. Given this is a portable and it will be mobile rather than a permanent fixture on a desk, it's cheap insurance. I don't expect any problems but you never know.
     
  8. 1chocolate1 macrumors newbie

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    Being a new product they may find glitches and laptops are expensive to fix. I've always purchased Applecare for my computers and have no regret--even if its a software issue it gets resolved and believe me I've had some crazy issues on my iMac.
     
  9. Jaro65 macrumors 68040

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    I will definitely be getting it, as I always do. But have a full year to do so from the date of purchase.
     
  10. TPadden, Dec 16, 2010
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    TPadden macrumors 6502a

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    I always end up hoping and praying something will break so I can get a new one; that's the best insurance because it never happens (even with my Windows machines). ;)
     
  11. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    Yup. I usually get Applecare. For about half the laptops I purchase, it usually saves a lot on unexpected repairs that would have probably cost more (i.e. RAM slot on MacBook or power supply unit on Mac Mini).
     
  12. crazyyankeefan thread starter macrumors regular

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    My sister's old MacBook has had keyboard, wrist rest panel, and battery replaced by Apple after over 3 years of use. She never bought AppleCare, but Apple replaced those parts for her for free. So I'm wondering if AppleCare is just some unnecessary services which Apple claim the benefits you'll get in order to get money from you.

    Because like I said, apparently, you don't need AppleCare to have your computer repaired from them.
     
  13. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Let's put it this way. Apple wouldn't sell AppleCare if they didn't make money on it.
     
  14. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I had Applecare for both of my two previous Mac laptops and plan on getting it for my MBA, too. I never had to use it with my first Mac, a 17 inch Powerbook G4, but it saved me on the PB's replacement, a 17 inch MBA. The MBA's logic board died when it was less than two years old. Thanks to Applecare, Apple replaced the logic board at no cost to me. I have also used Applecare telephone support extensively.
     
  15. crazyyankeefan thread starter macrumors regular

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    The million-dollar question would be: would Apple still have replaced the logic board for you if you hadn't had the AppleCare? Because my sister did get multiple parts replaced free of charge without AppleCare.

    Actually, I do plan to get it for my new 13" MBA, but I'm just curious if this service is actually unnecessary.
     
  16. jenzjen macrumors 68000

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    While you may get lucky with a sympathetic manager from time/time, it is not worth the risk of a multi-$100 repair bill after the first year.
     
  17. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    A battery is one thing, the logic board is a serious multiple hundred dollar repair. Applecare is not unnecessary.
     
  18. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I understand that Apple's price for a logic board is around $800, so I can't imagine they would voluntarily replace one on a machine that was out of warranty. Of course, everybody has some "hidden" warranties under the terms of which they do not charge the customer for repairing something that experience has shown often fails prematurely. I had never heard about such a thing being in place with respect to the logic boards in Santa Rosa MBPs. Anyway, I like the Applecare telephone support system. They usually can solve my problems.
     

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