Best Place to buy Applecare Warranties at Discount

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  1. gadgetfreaky macrumors 6502a

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    Used to be able to snap these up cheap on Ebay. Looks like apple is cracking down as they are very scarce and only a few bucks off.
    any ideas?
     
  2. Mr. Chewbacca macrumors 6502a

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    +1

    You may find it cheaper but if they are not on Apples short list of approved vendors it may not be accepted. Amazon is on that list
     
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    NEVER buy AppleCare from eBay. Apple changed their policy some time ago and they now ask for a proof of purchase when activating the code. A receipt of eBay auction is not valid proof and thus not accepted by Apple.

    I would give my vote for Amazon as well. LA Computers is good too.
     
  4. gadgetfreaky thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    he sends you the serial number and mails you the box. is that not good enough?
    sounds like he gets it from a reseller
     
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  6. gadgetfreaky thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    WOW--that is far and away the cheapest i have seen. thank you!
     
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    No, unless he sends you a valid proof of purchase as well. Otherwise you cannot register the code.
     
  8. gadgetfreaky thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    that makes no sense. if you have the box, you have the proof of purchase with the serial number. a receipt doesn't have anything on it that you could enter into a field for apple
    in any event, b&h looks like the best bet.
     
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    Box is not a proof of purchase.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/he44
     
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    You're right, it doesn't... but his advice is correct and those are Apple's rules.
     
  11. gadgetfreaky thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    and you enter what from the receipt exactly?
     
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    I think you can get it for like $299 (for 15/17inch) from B&H photo
     
  13. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    To register, you enter nothing from the receipt.

    If AppleCare has any questions about the authenticity of your purchase, they may ask to see the receipt.

    If you can't provide a receipt (from a valid reseller, IIRC), they can invalidate the remaining portion of the service plan, without any refund to you.
     
  14. gadgetfreaky thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well im gonna get it from BH-- they are the cheapest anyway.

    That makes more sense since there is nothing that you CAN enter in from receipt. but the fact that they would invalidate it---when it's their own distribution channel they lost control of is pretty amazing.
     
  15. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    That is amazing, but what's REALLY amazing (to me, anyway) is the amount of shops that popped up on eBay selling fake AppleCare registration numbers (after someone obviously cracked the algorithm that generates them). It was a full on industry for awhile there. Some folks had to have made hundreds of thousands of dollars off that scam!!! :eek:
     
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    In the past there were very cheap eBay AppleCares where the seller just emailed you the code. At least some of those were not legit codes (generated by key generators). A box is not good enough because you can easily get a picture of the box using Google and then send that. A receipt is something you cannot find from Google.
     
  17. Horney macrumors newbie

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    Bit of a thread revival I'm afraid but saves me posting a new one.

    I'm after AC on my early 2011 13"MBP but I'm in the UK and was wondering where was cheap/good over here. All the Amazon ones on the UK site are not being sold by amazon, but third parties. THere's no way of telling if these third parties are approved resellers.

    Cheers peeps :eek:)

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  18. fat jez macrumors 68000

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    Jigsaw aren't too bad and are on Apple UK's reseller's list.
     
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  21. fat jez macrumors 68000

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    I'm surprised at that, given they sell the 13" MBP. Might have been an oversight on their part. The prices look to be on a par with Macwarehouse anyway, so I don't think they would have been any cheaper.
     
  22. Apple Expert macrumors 65816

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    Amazon or BH Photo. Ebay is hit or miss with those sellers.
     
  23. jimtron macrumors member

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    Yeah, LA Computer looks to have the best price I can find (from non-shady sources). That's a safe source, right?

    LAC has Applecare for Macbooks at $230; Amazon and B&H are $244.
     

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