BestPrice for Applecare?

gadgetmonster

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I've been researching applecare prices for a 13" macbook pro............aside from ebay which is around $200, the best price I have found is b&h photo, $190.53 shipped. Is it possible to beat this price? Using a .edu gets it to $183 from apple but tax kills that deal............any other ideas?
 

maflynn

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The only issue with ebay, is that some (many?) of those that sell ebay are counterfit. They may work when you register it, but if some question arises apple will ask for the serial number that comes on the box. If you don't get a box just the number to register from then you could possibly lose the coverage.

Personally, I get mine at amazon which offers a decent proce
 

sweetbrat

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A lot of people around here get theirs from B&H. It's about the best deal you're going to find, and very reliable from what I understand (I'll be purchasing mine from there later this year). I would avoid eBay. Too many scams, and you don't want to end up finding out you don't actually have coverage just when you really need it.
 

maflynn

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I buy from B&H for my photography needs, great company I'd recommend them as well
 

Spink10

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I've been researching applecare prices for a 13" macbook pro............aside from ebay which is around $200, the best price I have found is b&h photo, $190.53 shipped. Is it possible to beat this price? Using a .edu gets it to $183 from apple but tax kills that deal............any other ideas?
B&H - Best price out of the companies you can trust 100%
 

kaydot

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B&H - Best price out of the companies you can trust 100%
Hi there,

By buying from B&H, do I lose the ability to bring it in to the Apple store genius bar? I would like to know what the difference is between buying AppleCare from Apple.com vs. B&H. I don't have AppleCare yet, but I am looking to buy it.
 

malman89

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Hi there,

By buying from B&H, do I lose the ability to bring it in to the Apple store genius bar? I would like to know what the difference is between buying AppleCare from Apple.com vs. B&H. I don't have AppleCare yet, but I am looking to buy it.
Nope, no difference. Just as if you bought it from Amazon or Best Buy or anywhere else.
 

Spink10

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Hi there,

By buying from B&H, do I lose the ability to bring it in to the Apple store genius bar? I would like to know what the difference is between buying AppleCare from Apple.com vs. B&H. I don't have AppleCare yet, but I am looking to buy it.
Exactly what the previous post have said - no difference.
 

Mojo1

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Check the L.A. Computer Company; it consistently has the best prices. B&H is also competitive and sometimes has terrific deals, including a 50% discount when purchased with a Mac.

Stay away from eBay. Most auctions are scams. Sellers who e-mail the serial number resell the same numbers over and over. Apple's online registration system will accept multiple registrations for the same number, but only the first registration is valid. The buyer won't know there is a problem until it comes time to use the warranty and by that time eBay resolution options are usually no longer an option.

Counterfeit AppleCare boxes also show up on eBay.

Stick with authorized Apple resellers.
 
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bdinger

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Well these threads pushed me over the edge. Heading back to the Apple Store tomorrow to swap (again/back) to the highres antiglare MBP, and will purchase my AppleCare via B&H :)
 

jlc1978

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kaydot said:
B&H - Best price out of the companies you can trust 100%
Hi there,

By buying from B&H, do I lose the ability to bring it in to the Apple store genius bar? I would like to know what the difference is between buying AppleCare from Apple.com vs. B&H. I don't have AppleCare yet, but I am looking to buy it.
No, AppleCare is AppleCare no matter where you buy it.
 

gadgetmonster

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Shipping kills the LA deal.....looks like b&h it is, thanks for the suggestions folks........i may hold out for a month or two just in the hopes of a better deal.

 

Mojo1

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Shipping kills the LA deal.....looks like b&h it is, thanks for the suggestions folks........i may hold out for a month or two just in the hopes of a better deal.
Set up a free e-mail alert at Dealmac.com. If an AppleCare sale is listed you will receive an immediate e-mail message on your Mac and/or mobile device.
 

ixodes

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I've done several transactions with LA Computer over the years. They are very ethical & appreciate their customers.

Once, when the shipper damaged one of my new MBP's yet still delivered it, I called both parties. Instead of having to wait for claim processing, LA Computer sent another FedEx overnight by 10 AM the following day.

Later that day I received a follow up call from them asking if I was satisfied. Thats the same world class service I've experienced from Apple.
 

thekev

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B&H - Best price out of the companies you can trust 100%
B&H is one of the cheapest out there. I have a feeling it's just a lot of volume on thin margins. They're reliable about shipping and stuff too.
 
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