Applecare from ebay

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Oliii, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. Oliii macrumors newbie

    Jul 6, 2010
    Birmingham, UK
    Firstly I would just like to say hi I'm new here :)

    Right, I have been considering buying Applecare for my macbook. And obviously being a bit shocked by the £199 price tag on the apple store, I decided to check ebay.

    I have found the same thing, for £68.95, but the motto if its too good to be true it probably is came to mind and I set about doing some research. I found that there is alot of applecare scams on ebay and it can be very shady.

    Here's a link for you guys to have a look at it for yourself:

    The main thing I read about is that seller's don't give you the box and are just selling off fake generated codes that work at first but then get rejected after a couple of months and you have no way of getting your money back.

    This one seemed quite tempting though, the seller has nearly 6500 feedback at 99.9% positive and seems quite legitimate. But the listing says "If you do not understand how you will receive your AppleCare, contact me first!" So I did, and found that "I will send you an email (within 24 hours) including a brand new registration code and very simple instructions how to register with your product on" So it doesn't come in the original box and that seems to be the dodgy thing with buying applecare off ebay and getting scammed.

    What do you guys think about it, and have you ever bought applecare off ebay and had any experiences yourselves?

    Thanks :)
  2. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030


    May 18, 2004
    so what's your risk tolerance? If you spent your money on this item and it turned out to be counterfeit, would you mind?
  3. 7thMac macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2010
    I concluded it's risky because these bargain sellers refuse to do the single thing that would inspire confidence - send the box! What a coincidence! The box doesn't weigh much but they won't send it.
  4. Xombie11 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2009
    Typically you may request the box if you contact the seller directly. It may cost you an extra £20 for the peace of mind. :)
  5. ijen0311 macrumors 65816


    Jul 4, 2009
    I purchased MobileMe for $55 on eBay and it was a great experience. I hope its the same for your Apple Care.
  6. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    I would think comparing ME and AC is not a proper comparison. I mean is the mobile me account doesn't work, there are work arounds (I have no experience with mobile me).

    With AC, you buy it (much more expensive than $55) and it passes your 1 year and it turns out to be not legit, YOU CANNOT "re-buy" AppleCare. Mobile me is just a code anyways, isn't it? Or is there a box like iWork/iLife/AC?

    Search for AppleCare on Ebay on these forums and you will come up with 5463 pages. You can come to your own conclusions
  7. Gator24765 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 13, 2009
    How are they able to obtain and sell these for so cheap?
  8. Alonzo84 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 18, 2009
    North Carolina
    They find a pattern in the code and sell just the number. That is why many of them don't come with a box. The feedback is hard to go by because you leave positive feedback after you receive it thinking everything is fine. You wont know if the code is legit or not until you try to use it...months later. That is if you use it at all. You can't go back later and leave negative feedback. If they refuse to send you the box, I would most definitely avoid the purchase. In the end, you're not saving money because you basically bought nothing.

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