Going for Apple Care

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  1. MBP* macrumors member

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    I recently bought a rMPB 13" almost new earlier this year which is still under its warranty. Having heard some horror stories I'm serious considering purchasing AC.

    I had a preliminary browse a few days ago, but I quickly came across other third party providers offering the AC at a cheaper cost. I always thought that AC had to be purchase from Apple directly, but I'm not quite sure if this is true?

    I'm based in the UK.
     
  2. Spink10 macrumors 601

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    It does not require to be purchase from Apple directly. I frequently purchase it from Amazon or B&H Video here in the US.
     
  3. MBP* thread starter macrumors member

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    So I can shop around for the cheapest price, but get the same service?
     
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    Well... be carefully. I wouldn't purchase from eBay (although people have and had zero problems). Its possible for someone to sell you the AC and send the code and then letter call apple for a partial refund. But if you use a major retailer/supplier you are fine.
     
  5. rigormortis, Sep 5, 2015
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    i think its only applecare + you can't buy from a third party.

    I've had problems buying applecare from eBay, and worrying if it was valid and i think i had a little red tape
    but i don't remember because it was a long time ago. i think i had to call applecare for help activating it. yeah they refused to activate it, but some supervisor activated it anyway, so i didn't have to get a refund. this must of been like 2010

    don't forget to save your receipts for your time capsule and airport extremes !! applecare covers these as well!!!! 5 years!!!

    talk abut shopping around. when the intel mac mini came out in 2007 , i shopped around and i got a deal on G4 Mac Mini Applecare and it still worked!

    iirc the deal with applecare is i think the codes have a expiration date. applecare is like a gallon of milk. they throw them out after its passed its sell by date, and i think this is why one time i had issues with buying applecare from eBay, it was a minor hassle but it still worked
     
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    AC+ must be purchased from Apple directly OR from an authorized retailer at time of original purchase. For example I purchased AC+ with my iPhone 6 Plus on launch day from an AT&T B&M store.
     
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    theres a 60 day limit on getting applecare +. and it involves an inspection / diagnostic test of the device.

    it does not have to be purchased on the same day.
     
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    Correct.

    I should not have included an OR in my previous statement. If you purchase it from someone else other than Apple it requires you purchase AC+ at the time of sale.
     
  9. iceman42 macrumors regular

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    he is talking about getting apple care for his mac book pro.you have 1 year to buy apple care for ur mac if u want to.they don't have ac+ for macs that i know of.and you don't have to do to a apple store to have them inspect it.
     
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    True

    The thread got off the original discuss. But I think the OP got his info he needed. :)
     
  11. tibas92013, Sep 8, 2015
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    I must have been lucky as last Year I purchased a new IPad Mini 2 from Best Buy and around a month later I purchased Applecare Plus directly from the Apple On-line Store. They did do a remote test via the Internet to determine if my fairly new gadget was A-OK. I almost always purchase Applecare which makes My Apple Purchases worry-free, i.e., 2 Mac Minis, Apple TV, iPad 2, iPod Touch 5.
     
  12. iceman42 macrumors regular

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    how could they determine that it was a ok from via internet.they have examine if there is any dents or water damage or if the screen is cracked.you must of going lucky for them to do that
     
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    The test Apple does remotely is enough for them to determine whether they will sell you AppleCare+ or not. Not sure what they are looking for, but it is not damage to the outside of the phone. Apple will do this test for anyone that wants AppleCare+ and either phones in to purchase it or does it online at a later date than point of sale.
     
  14. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

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    I explained above how I purchased Applecare Plus for my Ipad Mini2, so, maybe you could explain your actual experience in purchasing Applecare Plus for your Apple Hardware??
     
  15. iceman42 macrumors regular

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    i never buy apple care plus for my iOS devices i just get a otter box for them and put it on.otter box does a good job keeping them safe.
     
  16. iceman42 macrumors regular

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    i don't buy apple care plus i just buy apple care for my apple computers
     
  17. iceman42 macrumors regular

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    i don't buy apple care plus for my iOS devices i just buy apple care for my apple computers
     

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