Buying AppleCare from B&H

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  1. SR71 macrumors 68000

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    So my first year of AppleCare runs out on June 28th and I want to buy AppleCare through B&H as 1.) there is no sales tax, and 2.) the price is considerably less.

    The problem is, if I buy from B&H, I won't receive the AppleCare box/packaging till after June 30th. Will they send me an email activation code beforehand? Does anyone have any experience purchasing AppleCare through B&H?
     
  2. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    They send you the box. You can always call them to verify. If you want electronic then you have to go through Apple. You could also pay up for expedited shipping. Pick your poison.
     
  3. SR71 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Damn, guess I'm going through Apple then.
     
  4. KevinC867 macrumors 6502a

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    Another option is buying through eBay. It seems a little scary, but I have had good experiences with this. The last time I checked, the prices were similar to B&H. Just make sure you pick a seller with lots of positive reviews.

    AppleCare sellers on eBay will often offer to email the activation code.
     
  5. SR71, Jun 24, 2013
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    SR71 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ended up getting AppleCare with the education discount from Apple for $183 and then upon checkout they told me to set my shipping method to Pick up at an Apple Store in a state that doesn't charge sales tax (New Hampshire in my case) instead of shipping it to my house so that I wouldn't be charged sales tax. The Apple rep that told me this said it would work out perfectly fine and that I didn't need the actual packaging so I'd be fine with just the registration code.

    So in the end I got the activation code emailed to me, saved on the price with education pricing, and paid no sales tax, all the while doing it through Apple instead of a third party retailer.
     
  6. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a

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    Just for anyone else thinking about getting AppleCare from B&H, they offer an "auto-enroll" version for the same price. I actually just purchased this. You provide your serial #, they pass that along to Apple and you get your AppleCare attached to your device and activated in short order (Within 1 business day) and then you get the box a few days later.

    For anyone that doesn't want to or that didn't do auto-enroll, it doesn't matter if you get the box after your expiration date as long as you have a receipt/invoice showing that you bought and paid for it BEFORE your warranty was up. Apple even has a webpage where you can attach a PDF of your order or fax the receipt to them.

    The short of it is you don't need to worry about receiving the box in time or paying extra for fast shipping as long as you have an invoice/receipt showing that you paid before your warranty expired.
     
  7. Voodoofreak macrumors regular

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    This is great to know as I'm looking to purchase an extension for my niece's mbp.
     
  8. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

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    Are you talking about applecare for the iphone? I just called B&H and they told me that they don't sell iphone 5's or Applecare for the iphone 5.
     
  9. Blue604 macrumors regular

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    Where can i find the auto enroll version? I went to their website I can only see this
    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/582543-REG/Apple_MC247LL_A_3_Year_AppleCare_for_15.html
     
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  11. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    Bought mines (rMBP, Air and Ipad 2) through E-Bay, no issues whatsoever. If you want the seller can e-mail you the code before shipping you the box over the mail.
     
  12. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a

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  13. boqyuo macrumors newbie

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    can anybody provide an explanation as to potential reasons why it's so much cheaper on this site than through apple?
     
  14. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    I think they can offer lower price based on volume; I have purchased Applecare from them for 2 13" rMBP, no issues whatsoever and activated within 2 hours with the autoenroll feature
     

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