Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fishy2k8, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. fishy2k8 macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2006
    I am about to buy a macbook pro. I am wondering if i should get Applecare or not. What do you guys recommend?
  2. southbark macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2006

    consuner reports recomends it and washington post

  3. mmmcheese macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2006
    You can buy it any time during the first year (before the original warranty expires), so you have lots of time to decide.

    I've had mine for about 10 months and I haven't bought it yet, but I plan to soon. I buy extended warranties for all my portables because they are subjected to more stress than a desktop, and are much more expensive to repair. I'm also a magnet for hardware failures....
  4. djinn macrumors 68000


    Oct 4, 2003
    You can also buy Applecare on ebay to save some money.
  5. orangemacapple macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2006
    Wait until Day 364 to buy it

    AppleCare only covers years 2 & 3.

    if you buy it before then, you might be wasting your $. if it gets stolen or run over by a truck or you do something to void your warranty, that $350 would definitely help you buy another one.

    most problems will probably show up in the first year or after it's older. you can decide on day 364 if it is worth it to you. you may be thinking at that time of selling it and upgrading to something else.

    yes, applecare is great if/when you need it.

    think of it as about 25% of the NEW purchase price for warranty on a one-year-old computer.

    and if you pay for it up front, they have the use of your money for a full year before you can even use the service.
    try this: go buy a new car, but tell them you want to give them the full sales price now, but you don't want the car delivered until a year from now.
  6. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    Anyone here actually bought their Applecare on eBay? Would like to know how the process works because in their description, upon winning I will need to provide serial number, etc.
  7. yg17 macrumors G5


    Aug 1, 2004
    St. Louis, MO
    I did, using the same process. What seller are you using? I purchased from this guy and everything went well. About a week after sending him my info, I received some paperwork from Apple in the mail. And when my PowerBook's inverter board crapped out after the initial 1 year warranty period, I had no trouble getting it repaired under AppleCare.

    It's definitely worth it for laptops IMO. Laptop parts can be very expensive, and AppleCare will usually pay for itself after 1 repair. It did for me
  8. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    Wonderful! He was the seller I was watching. Thanks for the feedback!
  9. MaaseyRacer macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2005
    San Francisco, Ca.
    I get it, and I use the **** out of it. Any misalignments in the casing, keys sticking, I just do not want to have to worry about anything with this thing. It needs to work so I can get my work done on it.
  10. mattster16 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2004
    Apple is legally required to issue you a pro-rated refund on the AppleCare at your request, so this is really a non-issue. (Best Buy and other vendors do this with their service plans as well.)

    Here's my story:

    I got the AppleCare on my old PB. Replaced the hard drive (took 2 days to ship and receive back), replaced the power adapter (shipped to me overnight). Then my computer died completely, Apple was going to fix it but it was taking too long (2 weeks) so they gave me a brand new MBP (right when they were updated to the C2D!). They sent me my new computer and they refuded the $40 something dollars left on my old AppleCare agreement.

    I bought the plan for my MBP too, even though it was a free computer.

    AppleCare is worth it! Especially on portables since you can't really fix them yourselves in any way and they seem to get more wear and tear from transport. (Components are more expensive for them too)
  11. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    Free MBP...-drools-
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I would buy it, but wait about 10 months as you won't need it until then. You have the 1 year and by paying for it now you rob yourself of that year.
  13. ventro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2006
    Regardless of when you buy it, Applecare acts from the purchase date of your mac. So you will get 3 years, not 4, from the purchase date of your mac.
  14. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    Right, so it really doesn't matter when you buy APP because it will only cover year 2 and 3.
  15. D0ct0rteeth macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2002
    Franklin, TN

    I NEVER NEVER NEVER buy extended warranties on anything - except applecare. :)

    Applecare on a powerbook/Macbook Pro is a definite necessity. The hard drives/DVD drives/Hinges died/broke constantly on my last 2 powerbooks. The 600 bucks saved me thousands of dollars.

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