AppleCare vs SquareTrade?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by B.winkle, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. B.winkle macrumors member

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    Just recently bought a 21.5 Imac and am wondering which warranty I should get. Is there a deductible with Apple Care? Anyone have experience? What are the pro's and con's? Thanks for input.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    I wouldn't get 3rd party warranty. AppleCare is the best option unless the reseller you bought it from offers some kind of warranty. E.g. BestBuy offers their own warranty if I recall correctly
     
  3. Gen macrumors 6502a

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    Applecare. No deductible, +2 years coverage after your initial warranty runs out.
     
  4. LAPTOPODO macrumors member

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    What about bying Applecare on ebay... it's safe? i mean , it's quiet cheaper than at Apple's ....
     
  5. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    NO! It is not safe! They wait until your PayPal claim period runs and and you leave the positive feedback and then they return your AppleCare and scam you.
     
  6. SiMBa37 macrumors regular

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    Amazon offers a decent discount. Much safer than eBay.
     
  7. MacMur macrumors regular

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    You Might Need Tech Support

    You can certainly save some money by getting the Square Trade warranty. However the big, I mean really big, downside of Square Trade is that you do not get extended tech support. Having a tech support staff that can speak English and who will, almost always, solve your problem is a deal maker for Apple Care.

    I have used Square Trade and they have a good product if you do not need Tech Support.
     
  8. B.winkle thread starter macrumors member

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    I didn't know Amazon had a discount product for Applecare. Are there any short comings?
     
  9. Vice92 macrumors regular

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    The only reason I personally chose SquareTrade over AppleCare was that my SquareTrade policy covers accidental damage, and being in college, that was a no-brainer.
     
  10. LAPTOPODO macrumors member

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    Understood ... thanks :D
     
  11. DannyBres macrumors 65816

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    They sell AppleCare with a discount, it is not a seperate service! :)
     
  12. BulletToothTony macrumors 6502

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    i erased my comment after digging a little bit on this topic.. apparently this is a risky business..

    http://reviews.ebay.com/FAKE-APPLECARE-APPLE-CARE-A-warning-to-buyers_W0QQugidZ10000000011731235

    i guess that if you did buy it from someone you could in fact call apple and make triple positive that the code is valid but even then i don't know if they could still return the box.. i guess i won't be buying from ebay again.. thanx for the info
     

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