So I'll be buying my first Mac sometime this year. It will also be my first lap top. Hopefully a MBP after the new update has time to settle down. I'm in California on the northern coast, but plan to go to my friends place in Portland, Or to purchase. As no sales tax will save a substantial amount of money. I see Apple stores, and Best Buy have the same prices for new machines. Powermax.com is a reseller which looks like they are slightly cheaper. Which I also like cause they are a friendly local group with very nice customer service. They offer the Apple care as well. I'm sure I will get a extended warranty of some kind. How does the best buy protection plan compare to Apple care ? In regards to the benefits each plan would offer. For the record a Best buy is a three hour drive for me over a mountain range to the central valley. I have a Apple store a very short distance away from me, but I'm concerned it would be very busy in regards to service turn around time. As the Apple store by me is in a small University town. With no other service center nearby. I would have to drive a few hours to reach another physical Apple store. I don't even know if Best Buy has mail in repairs/replacement. Am i putting too much thought into this ? Should I just go with Apple care ? Then have the local/mail in repair/replacement options...... I assume getting extra protection on this type of new MBP is a wise investment. These type of machines run a little hot, right ? Or it is very reasonable that something could go wrong with the hardware possibly within say a three year period.