Buy AppleCare for 2011 MBA or sell and get 2012 MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dmk1974, Nov 10, 2012.


Buy AppleCare?

  1. 2011 with AppleCare til Nov 2014 for $249

    0 vote(s)
  2. 2012 with AppleCare til Nov 2013 for $170

    4 vote(s)
  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    My wife's 13" 2011 MBA base laptop will be 1 year old in 12 days. I think it's a good idea to always have a warranty on these skinny MacBook Airs and am looking at 2 options.

    A.) buy the additional AppleCare for $249 and keep the 2011 til November 2014.
    B.) buy a refurbed/open box 2012 base 13" MBA and sell the 2011 (I figure my net cost after transactions will be about $150-$170).

    She's not a power user by any means, but she really likes the 13" MBA form so its really the only 2 choices that I see. Option B gives her a newer and faster computer and 1 new year of warranty. Option A keeps what she has, but 2 years of warranty.

    Which choice do you think is best? Thanks!
  2. kylera macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    If you can definitely secure a net transaction of $150, then go for a 2012 model. At the very least, you're getting a new battery.
  3. 53x12 macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
    Either option works as far as still providing you with a computer that offers you a computer that meets your (wife's) needs. If anything, at this point I would wait for the MBA update next year if you can wait. The Haswell will give you a good bang for the buck in terms of CPU/GPU performance and battery power. I guess you can do that through either option above or maybe your wife isn't interested in that?
  4. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Thanks for the feedback. Well, I put up her 2011 on Craigslist for $850.00. Hopefully it'll get some hits and sell. I bought an open box 2012 at Best Buy for $930 pre-tax and have 60 days to return it if I change my mind. My wife probably won't notice the difference ;)

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