Applecare for MBP is $349. Is it really worth it?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jamesryanbell, Jul 12, 2009.

  1. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020

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    How has it been worth it for those that bought it? I only know three people that have bought it, and the none of them ever really used it to get their money's worth. The computers just held up great.

    Just looking for the other side of the coin.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    IMO, it's definitely worth it. It's peace of mind for 3 years. You always hope that you will never have to use it, though, but if your logic board fails, your Mac is useless. Not even worth the repair.
     
  3. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    If you are keeping it more then a year, absolutely.

    There are plenty of places where one can buy it for much cheaper. Check out eBay or LA Computer.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I am usually not a fan of extended warranties, but I recommend Apple Care

    You can find better prices, like eBay, but "caveat emptor"... buyer beware

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  5. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    the odds are you wont ever use it......but it's really about your own financial situation and whether you need to hedge your bets when it comes to the possibility of repairs.
     
  6. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    I have Applecare and strongly recommend it. Having bought a computer, my15" MBP, for nearly €2,000 (including Office for Mac) over a year ago, it seemed senseless simply to have the one year warranty. Apple honours their warranties (which is one of the reasons I switched).

    So, in essence, I bought it for peace of mind, and to rest secure in the knowledge that if anything does go wrong after the expiry of the first year's warranty, it would have cost me a lot more to pay for repairs than Applecare cost me when I bought it.

    Cheers
     
  7. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Disagree with it. Apple replaced so many little things like three power chargers for me. Remember that two or three repairs will usually recover the cost of AppleCare, that's one a year. And that doesn't include something like a logic board and assumes that you are paying full price for it.
     
  8. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    If you had to have 3 chargers replaced during years 2 & 3, well what a pain that must have been! My experience owning 6 macs is that I've never needed a repair that wasn't covered by apples basic warranty during the first year. If I had the kind of trouble you've had, I would probably be looking to switch to something other than Apple :eek:
     
  9. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Buy apple care...they replaced my computer in the second year for free. It is a really good idea to have it and it saved me about $1800!
     
  10. jamesryanbell thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Is there any downside to buying it from a third party like LA Computer?
     
  11. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    No, I have seen the Dell power charger funness

    Umm...there is the massive eBay thread, but, I don't think that it extends to L.A. Computer.
     
  12. parapup macrumors 65816

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    You can buy it for cheaper at Amazon - reliable.

    And it has always been worth for me - I have been given brand new machines, had logic boards changed, had the MBP top and bottom case changed etc. after the 1st year.
     
  13. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    You do not have to buy it when you purchase the computer
    You have one year from the date of purchase to buy and activate it
    If you are uncertain, wait the year... but don't miss the deadline

    For me, I factor it in to the cost of the Mac
    You will hopefully never need it, but if you do and don't have it... you will wish you did

    The choice is yours

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  14. TEG macrumors 604

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    Apple Care is always worth it. Not only do you get coverage for hardware problems (which are expensive) but also telephone support for any problem you have. Not to mention, it covers you world wide.

    TEG
     
  15. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    If you do buy applecare, just make sure that you don't drop your machine or spill anything on it. Accidental damage will void your entire warranty. Apple can be very strict about this.
     
  16. Hellhammer Moderator

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    + A lot better resale value if you sell it and it has warranty left
     
  17. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I would say be careful about drops and spills whether you buy Apple Care or not ;)

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  18. Erendiox macrumors 6502a

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    Ha, very true. There are just so many people out there who have no idea what their warranty actually covers and how little it takes to void it.
     
  19. Hellhammer Moderator

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    In a nutshell, if something breaks and you have done it (spilled coffee, dropped to floor) warranty won't cover it. If it's a defective component like failed HD, Apple will fix it didn't broke because of you, it broke because of manufacturer.
     
  20. masmullin macrumors member

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    Particial Scam

    I've used my Apple Care warrenty twice.

    I got a new battery and a new laptop screen.

    Most laptops will break before 3 years are up in some way or another.
     
  21. wowurrcool macrumors member

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    I just used AppleCare for my Macbook for the first time in 2 years, and this is the result.

    I had a small crack on the bottom and needed 1 key replaced.
     

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  22. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    You can get the full retail (boxed) AppleCare for the MBP from L.A. Computer for $250. Like others who've already replied, I highly recommend it. I bought the AppleCare for my iMac from L.A. Computer and have already used it a few times.

    If you happen to sell the machine during the coverage period it also raises the resale value (as also previously mentioned).
     
  23. iMav macrumors 6502

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    Depends on how long you plan on keeping it. If you buy your MBP with a major credit card, most will double your manufacturer's warranty (up to 4 years).

    I buy with my AmEx (paying off immediately as I don't believe in financing personal computers)...and that effectively gives me two years of warranty coverage.
     
  24. K20 macrumors member

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    I'll probably be buying it again for my next Mac after my iMac has been showing symptoms of death.

    Chances are the next iMac machine will probably be perfect, hahaha
     
  25. MUrhino macrumors regular

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    Applecare for laptops is a must IMHO - they're too expensive to repair...

    I did the same thing with my PowerBook G4 from 2004...which worked great until just after the two year point one of the RAM slots failed, limiting me to 1GB of RAM (luckily I hadn't upgraded to 2 1GB slots...just 1 1GB.) Anyway, to replace the logic board would've been about $1000 US, so I didn't bother. In hindsight, not paying for the AppleCare was stupid, and I will definitely be doing that for laptops in the future.

    Lots of people work for the Government / Armed Forces, so check those stores...I think it's about a $50 discount...not quite as good as education, but not bad.

    On another note, that laptop is still running fine....albeit slower due to more demanding software/higher video demands. So, I can definitely see the new MBPs lasting 5 years as long as people take care of them.
     

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