Applecare - Worth it?

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  1. lmaoxlong macrumors newbie

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    I have a MacBook Pro 15". Is it worth it for me to buy Applecare? I've had a few problems with it, and I'm still under warranty, so it was taken care of. If I buy it, should I buy it now? The cheapest I found was 245. Would the price for it drop once the new MBP series comes out? Thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac or Apple Display
    AppleCare Protection Plan

    As to whether it's worth it or not, that's a matter of opinion. You'll find lots of opinions on both sides. If you want more information, here are just a few of many threads on this topic, found by searching the forum with MRoogle:

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    Applecare for MBP is $349. Is it really worth it?
     
  3. NumeroTen macrumors member

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    it totally depends on how much you use the computer and under what conditions. If u are like me a person who uses it all the time, and bring it everywhere consider buying it, still even i havn't bought it. However, i wouldn't buy it if u kniw u can properly take care of it.
     
  4. N-Y macrumors regular

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    very much worth it!!!, i had issues with mine, and apple today is sending me a new one
     
  5. AbyssImpact macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't buy it. If your Macbook pro goes over 1 year without any problems, it will stay problem free. That is why Apple is such a great product.
     
  6. nospeed411 macrumors 6502a

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    NOT TRUE....my display went kaput @ 13 months....if it where not for apple care I would be out 390 bucks. Instead I am out 250. Plus my Airport express died today..that is covered under my Apple Care for the MBP so theres another 79 bucks I saved.....still think it's not worth it...think again
     
  7. cootersgarage6, Jan 24, 2011
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    Yes, It's worth it.

    Yes, AppleCare is worth it. This is because if you even have the slightest problem, they have to help you. So say you have had the computer for 2-4 years later and you suddenly can't get something to work, and you have tried everything. You can't call Apple because you have to get AppleCare within the year of purchase, and then there is no hope... It's also the piece of mind that comes with it.

    Thank yo for choosing :apple: Products, they are great, and I love them:)
     
  8. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

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    On day 366, your Graphics Processing Unit will be toast. :p
     
  9. Dr McKay macrumors 68040

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    Do you live in the European Union?

    Because if you live in the EU, all electrical equipment sold has to perform satisfactorily for 5 years. Rendering AppleCare pretty obsolete.
     
  10. wct097 macrumors 6502

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    I will not be purchasing Applecare with my 2011 MBP. At $350, that's an increase of over 10% of the purchase price. It doesn't cover the battery (which will be defunct before the coverage is), nor does it cover accidental damage. It won't cover the aftermarket SSD & Ram upgrade I'll be doing at purchase time, and I couldn't care less about phone support, as I've never needed it before and don't plan on starting now. I can't stand talking to first level tech support anyway.

    I'll be buying my MBP on my Amex, thus getting an additional year worth of warranty. Amex will simply cover any charges (up to the purchase price) should I need to take it back to Apple within the second year of ownership. I'll also be getting an accidental damage and theft rider on my homeowners. The $300 I save can be used for a battery when it dies, or perhaps it'll be the start of my savings account to cover a new laptop in a couple years, with plans of selling the MBP just as it exits it's warranty period.

    edit: In my line of work, I like having up-to-date computers. The laptop I'm replacing now has been my longest running computer at just over three years old. Four years of coverage is overkill, I'd rather be replacing the machine every two years, and selling the old one to help fund the new one.
     
  11. amoda macrumors 6502a

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    My past experience says it's worth it. Like WCT mentioned, it has its limitations, but even then I'd buy it.

    As long as you don't damage the laptop yourself, and the parts break down naturally, it'll pay off. Again, based on past experiences, something will break. I have owned 5 MBPs over 5 years and they all have had a part die that would cost $1000 to replace.

    AppleCare took care of me, and two of those 5 were replacement laptops that were better than the one I purchased.

    And, no, the price of AppleCare wont go down when the new MBPs are released.
     
  12. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    Get it. The price will always be he same though. But you can shop around for it. Don't pay Apple's regular price for it.

    Too bad the eBay AppleCare racket had fizzled out. That was a way to get it on the cheap, though it's always up for debate whether or not it was the best route to go.

    Look at Amazon, you'll save a few bucks there.
     
  13. walterwhite macrumors 6502

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    As an 8+ year tech vet of the apple retail stores... It always seemed worth it. I have always bought it for my computers and it always seemed to pay for itself every time... battery, adapters, hard drives, etc... I'm sure there are many that never used it and that is obviously where Apple makes the money.
     
  14. wct097 macrumors 6502

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    If that were my experience, I wouldn't be praising the overpriced extended warranty, I'd be trashing the company selling me overpriced laptops that have frequent failures.
     
  15. Brdl04 macrumors regular

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    The nature of insurance is a gamble. Applecare is a gamble. Who knows if it will be worth it or not. I've had macbooks with applecare that have not ever gone into service. And Ive had MBP which Ive had to take in for things here or there and didnt have applecare.

    I think waiting the full year of limited warranty is a good determiner of wether you will need to buy applecare or not.

    Also Squaretrade.com is a great place for aftermarket warranty's. They always pay up.
     
  16. mulo macrumors 68020

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    in my experience you can get personal artifact insurance for a fraction of the cost, but that also covers accidental damage.
     
  17. Xian Zhu Xuande macrumors 6502a

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    I don't buy it on all my Apple devices (I've never purchased it for an iPhone or an iPod, for example, and I've purchased desktop computers without it*), but I would never purchase an Apple laptop without it. Not because they are low quality by any means; simply because when something does break on a device I use so frequently it pays for itself. I would treat a product like the iMac the same way.

    Also, it is rather nice to be able to call Apple for free when I wind up troubleshooting an extremely complicated problem.

    *One key reason why I don't always buy it for an Apple desktop computer is because I am comfortable completing 90% of the possible repairs inside one myself.
     
  18. StopSign24 macrumors regular

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    I would say it's worth it. I bought it for my 13" MacBook Pro about a week before the first year expired, and so far it's paid for itself by replacing my battery, bottom panel, and AC Adapter. The AppleCare kicked in October of last year, and all of my problems started after the first year expired.
     
  19. foulmouthedleon macrumors regular

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    The only time I’ve really ever “used” AppleCare is when I bought a used MBP off ebay. The fan was making all sorts of noise and the Apple store replaced it free of charge. My Macs since then have all been brand new and I take care of my stuff, so I don’t think I’d buy it. But if you’re clumsy or take your computer with you everywhere you go (thus increasing the odds of something happening to it) it’s most likely money well spent.
     
  20. htc fan macrumors 6502

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    I got best buy's accidentally warranty instead of apple care. I think best buy's accidentally warranty is better than apple care,and only thing not covered is water damage. But, depends if you got it from Apple store or Best buy.
     
  21. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    It's just overpriced and you can expect a fight if and when you ever need to use it.
     
  22. htc fan macrumors 6502

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    yeah, it's expensive but it supposed to cover everything but not water damage. But,Apple care doesn't cover cracked screen due to dropping. That's the only reason I didn't get apple care.
     
  23. wct097 macrumors 6502

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    I'm waiting on a call back from my State Farm agent now, regarding the price of a personal articles policy to cover a laptop w/upgrades replacement value at ~$2800.

    I figure that two years of solid warranty, along with a rider for theft and accidental damages is probably the best bet. Then I'll sell and re-up with a new laptop on a two year interval.
     
  24. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    New/updated products haven't really affected the price of AppleCare.
     
  25. cloakedpegasus macrumors member

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    The last thing I would ever do is purchase a warranty from best buy. I'm sorry but the competency level at best buy is one of the lowest i've seen,heard of. Just google it and you'll find all sorts of complaints.
     

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