Bestbuy vs. Apple Ipad Warranty

Discussion in 'iPad' started by mzt, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. mzt macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2010
    Hey guys,

    Planning on buying the Ipad 3g when its released, wanted to know your thoughts on which store I should grab it from.. Basically its because I dont know if I should get the Applecare warranty or the Best buy warranty.

    Which store is usually more easy going with repairs/fixes?
    Is one better then the other?
    Im not sure on prices yet, but I will be getting the 32Gig 3g Ipad, so im thinking Best Buy might be pricier for their warranty.

    or should I go with a third party warranty like SquareTrade

    Thanks guys..
  2. jjk454ss macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
    Best Buys will include a lot more, like accidental damage.
  3. wombat888 macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2008
    I think you can get AppleCare separately - I haven't specifically looked for the iPad but you can for most Apple products.

    Apple Stores will work with any Apple product, it doesn't matter where you bought it.

    If I'm right about AppleCare (you should verify), it really doesn't matter where you buy it, other than factors you already know, like which is closer to you or which has the better shopping experience. I plan to buy at the first that has the model I want available for me to walk out with it during the visit (ie I don't want to order online or preorder and pick up later).
  4. fusarium macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2010
    Square Trade!

    Go with SquareTrade. It's $1 less a year than Apple Care, plus includes accidental damage. I called ST last night and asked. They said I'd get a full replacement if I "dropped it in the lake ... and recovered it", "ran over it with a lawnmower", "dropped a weight on the screen" or the usual wear-and-tear.

    And 3 of the above 4 have happened to my iPod Touch, iPhone.

    Time to get Square Trade!
  5. mzt thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2010
    Ah ok, SquareTrade sounds good for sure. they are pretty legit?

    There warranty includes problems obviously like the hardware just stop working..etc.. They replace it with a new Ipad?

    After my 1 year from apple, I would use SquareTrade?

    I will research further, maybe give them a call as well.. sounds really to good to be true :p
  6. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    The difference between AppleCare and SquareTrade is that AC is hardware warranty without accidental damage, but with tech support. ST is a warranty with accidental damage and without tech support.

    ST is a little cheaper - $89.99 with code IPAD25IPAD - and since I do not want tech support, that's the one I am choosing.
  7. mzt thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2010

    right, I dont care about tech support either, I just want to know if I brick it messing around with it or the hardware just fails ( wifi not working etc.)..

    That I know I can get it replaced etc. Also having the accidental coverage is great as well.. im not bringing on any jetskis tho lol...

    Thanks for the promo code.. ill use it when I most likely go with SquareTrade.
  8. MacToddB macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    My Amex gold card adds an extra year to the warranty. Amex has reimbursed me about $3,000 for two laptops that died just after the mfgr warranty.
  9. Lotus Esprit V8 macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    New England
    Most people never make claims on these extended warranties and it is really not worth it for such a low priced item as an iPad.

    If you have a 55" LCD, obviously if something happens to it, it would be more of a pain to replace it then get in home service so that is something that I would get an extended warranty on.
  10. mzt thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2010

    heh, I dont really think a $88 dollar investment to cover a $729 dollar Ipad is that all of a waste? Esp for spills and drops added in this type of warranty.

    I think its alot of money heh :p
  11. orlandocano macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2010

    Wow I did not even know these guys existed until I read this thread. So since I dont have 89 bucks to be throwing around, I actually did some research. I checked the BBB online and these guys have had an A+ rating since 2007. And mostly 5 start reviews on nextag.... I got the bestbuy coverage but I can still cancel within a week.... Might not be worth the hassle but best buys insurance is 130 for 1 year. Squaretrade's is 89 for 2 years.. might be too good to pass up...
  12. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    You have 14 days to get the full amount back, but you can cancel in 9 months if you want and get a pro-rated refund.
  13. v3rn macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2010
    Definitely get SquareTrade. They're great and it's well worth the money. There is really no need for tech support on an iPad, they're extremely simple. And most problems will come from accidental damage. There is no deductible and they will replace your iPad no matter what, as long as you still physically have it.
  14. Friscohoya macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2009
    ...extended warranty? I cant lose!

    - Homer Simpson

    How about just taking care of it guys? I mean almost $100 per year? Really? You have waaaay too much disposable income.
  15. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    $89.00 / 2 years = almost $100

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