Do I need to buy apple care?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by peapody, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. peapody macrumors 68040

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    Yes I know there are many many threads on this...but I wanted to ask specific to the macbook air community.

    I just got the 2.13ghz 128gbSSD off of ebay (for a great deal!). Just arrived today and everything looks great - works great etc. I wanted to see the age of my mba and when I entered the SN into the apple support site - it says that apple needs proof of purchase that whole deal. Well I don't have a legitimate proof of purchase from an authorized site (need to ask the seller), but the MBA is 11 months old according to coconut battery.

    Questions are:
    1. Should I even get applecare? Hinges can be replaced out of warranty, and I have an SSD that is failsafe. Any other issue would probably be my own fault.
    2. I should be ok purchasing apple care through the customer support number yes? I think I did that for a powerbook and was able to buy apple care for it (a 12" G4 no less!)
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    SSD is not fail-proof. What usually goes busted is the logic board. Replacing that can easily cost 1000 bucks. It's up to you. Some people say it's worth and others say it isn't. It offers peace of mind, that's why I bought it
     
  3. peapody thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thats for that. Didn't even think about that, Hellhammer.


    Well I got word back from the seller and he gave me the date of purchase which allowed me to register the product. Now I can purchase apple care on ebay! I guess that wraps that question up.
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Just remember, AppleCare must be registered before the 1 year mark, so don't sit on it once you buy it.
     
  5. tflournoy95 macrumors 6502

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    applecare is useless. buy at bestbuy and get one of their protection packages.
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    AC is far from useless. It is more likely that BB will make the problem worse with any repairs they attempt.
     
  7. karohan macrumors 6502

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    What do you mean it needs to be registered? I don't remember registering my AppleCare but I have invoked it (though its within the one year so it might just be the limited warranty).
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Registered. With Apple. You go to the Apple site and enter the AppleCare serial number and the item serial number.

    If you buy the AC from Apple when you buy the product, it comes registered already.
     
  9. karohan macrumors 6502

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    Oh alright, thanks. I bought it with my computer from Apple, so it came pre-registered then. I was wondering if I had to register it when I first got the AppleCare package, but I couldn't find anything in the documentation, so I was just curious.
     
  10. matelot macrumors regular

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    is this brand new or used ?
     
  11. peapody thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Used. I'm going to be getting apple care just in case. Might as well since I saved so much to begin with.
     
  12. cleric macrumors 6502a

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    It's insurance like any other kind of insurance its a gamble. You may save money you may lose money.
     
  13. matelot macrumors regular

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    wait, do you know when this MBA's original warranty started ?
    I just read about coconutBattery so I have no idea how accurate it is on telling the age of the machine.

    I'm wondering if you're still eligible to buy AppleCare....
     
  14. peapody thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yes. I asked the seller. He said he bought it in Oct. 9, 2009, and when I submitted that date to apple, I was able to register the machine. Therefore I have until Oct 10 to purchase and register applecare. Knowing that, coconut battery is pretty accurate.
     
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    For the MBA, I disagree. The MBA is very different in its engineering and most regular computer people don't have enough experience with it to adequately service it. The Apple care has been worth it for me on my MBA
     
  16. mangrove macrumors 6502

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    Anyone who says Applecare is useless is issuing a useless comment. Insurance is useless? Must be someone who has never had to use insurance YET.
     
  17. Scottsdale macrumors 601

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    It is totally worth it especially if you buy it from eBay for $90 or something. Good luck and congrats on the new MBA!
     
  18. kryca macrumors member

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    AC is a must

    I would never get a MacBook without AppleCare. I have gone through 2 complete repair cycles with each my last portables (NVIDIA etc.), all of which broke late into their AppleCares including a power brick.

    When something breaks it is usually getting *abnormally* expensive. And ever since the TiBook hinges things do break now and then.
     
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    I would.
     

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