Is Applecare a rip-off?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by redryder, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. redryder macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2010
    I bought my 27” imac in July last year. A few days ago it refused to power on, and I sent it back to the service centre yesterday. I don’t know what’s wrong with it yet, but the apple tech on the phone kept trying to sell me Applecare for another 2 more years. Should I buy Applecare?

    Generally I don’t buy extended warranties since they tend to be a ripoff. But since my imac has already exhibited a serious problem, I’m wondering if it would be more prone to problems in the future. What do you guys think?
  2. flipster macrumors 6502a

    Mar 14, 2010
    Let's buy a $2000 computer but screw the $180 applecare???????

    In all seriousness, yes, its worth every penny, to save some money go to the educational store and you could save $50 on it. t A lot of things can go wrong, and for an all in one computer, its definitely worth it.
  3. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    Back in the powerpc era, I wouldn't say so. But now it seems like there's just so much problems with the intel iMacs that I would have otherwise bought it. I still might too as well, as I too am having some issues with my iMac.

    It still is matter of personal opinion though.
  4. Drewbie macrumors member

    Aug 27, 2010
    just to put it this way, if your imac ever needs service then labor alone is around 300 dollars(depending on what failed), plus parts.

    130 dollars for 2 extra years is worth it imo
  5. Chrisrokc macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008
    I work for a company that is Apple Certified. We do all of our own warranty work in house. I see everything from Macbooks to Mac Pros that have problems. I would say around half of the stuff is out of warranty or have accidental damage. That being said I think the Apple Care is a great idea if you plan on keeping the laptop for 2 more years. I personally have had 0 problems with my Apple stuff, however I see enough to know it can happen.
  6. Parasteshnews macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2011
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  7. Detosx macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2010
    In my opinion, especially in the case of the iMac which more so than many computers was designed as a closed system, it looks like a good investment insurance policy.
  8. neko girl macrumors 6502a

    neko girl

    Jan 20, 2011
    It depends, I think. It's really worth it:
    -If you like having phone support
    -If you add in a Cinema Display with your Mac

    Buy it from Amazon. I wouldn't buy it full price from Apple.
  9. decane macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2007
    For me, it's worth it.

    I had problems with my last iMac towards the end of 3 years.

    I end up getting a new machine for free, the rest of my applecare refunded, and a magic trackpad as a compensation.

    I just pay for another applecare for my new iMac.

    you can buy applecare from education store for a steeper discount.
  10. Ravich macrumors 6502a

    Oct 20, 2009
    Portland, OR
    Buying an apple product without apple care is a rip off.
  11. MacHamster68, Feb 24, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 24, 2011

    MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    no its not ;), that would be called plain stupid if someone buys a Mac without apple care
    considering all the latest little problems with Mac's:D

    sorry to disappoint all who still believe apple does build first class hardware that will never fail :(
  12. Jswoosh macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011
    Yeah, Its expensive but its worth it. I had to replace a few things while I had the warranty (it's expired now) and I believe the stuff either equalled the amount of apple care or it was more. So I'm glad I bought it.
  13. ShiftyGray macrumors regular

    May 19, 2010
    Keep in mind your consumer rights. Here in the Netherlands we have a two-year warranty for devices such as computers and laptops, instead of the often advertised one year.
  14. grawk macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2004
    Southern York County, PA
    AppleCare is insurance. Insurance that covers very little. It's like an extended service agreement on your car. It's fiscally a bad deal, but it may be worth it to you if you don't want to worry about whether or not you'll be covered for the 3 years, and if you can't afford to replace your computer if it fails in year 2 or 3. After owning many macs, I've spent SIGNFICANTLY less in repairs on my various devices than I would have spent buying applecare for all of them.
  15. v66jack macrumors 6502a


    May 20, 2009
    London, UK
    YES - but i wouldn't use anyone else, i've tried the others and their stuff just doesn't work as well
  16. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    Insurance coverage is all about "risk tolerance." Some people can tolerate more risk than others.
  17. elgrecomac macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    San Diego
    One man's opinion

    For all the talk of Apple's quality, I have had to replace the following on my home configuration...all after the 1st year of ownership
    1. logic board in my MBP (due to GPU issues)
    2. Hard Drive in my MBP
    3. 30" Cinema display

    I did have Applecare and it was worth every damned penny.

  18. Alan64 macrumors member

    Nov 4, 2009
    It's the only extended warranty I've ever bought (and I'm glad I did, as my DVD drive broke). Perhaps it should be priced a tad lower, but I wouldn't call it a rip-off.
  19. chachawpi macrumors member

    Feb 7, 2009
    The state of Maine has a 4 year implied warranty which costs me nothing.

    AppleCare is 3 years which costs more than nothing.

    Yes, it's a rip-off if you live in Maine.
  20. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    The iMac has the best computer price to AppleCare price ratio of any Mac I think.

    It's a bargain, especially if you can get the educational price on the AppleCare.

    Compare my 13" MacBook Pro. Computer 1200, AppleCare 250, basically 1/5 of the price.
    iMac... Computer 2200, AppleCare 170. About 1/13 of the price.

    bargain. covers anything for 3 solid years. sounds like a brilliant idea to me. why skip it, especially for that price?
  21. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    I'd get AppleCare if I were only of those people who plan to use their laptops on the go. I would blame you for not getting it on the iMac. Might as well take your chances.
  22. iNap macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2007
    New England
    Bought an imac,over 2 years later I had problems with the hard drive and a few screen pixs were out. they replaced the whole computer......Apple care priceless in my book! the help on phone or at genius bar is amazingly easy and very informative if you just ask. I highly recommend it. been reading MacRumors for years and I'm still a newbie.. LOL
  23. Irishman macrumors 68030

    Nov 2, 2006
    Why the general dislike of extended warranties? Upon what are you basing your view that they "tend to be a ripoff"?
  24. skiltrip macrumors 68030

    May 6, 2010
    New York
    I think he means that extended warranties of any kind are statistically a loss for the consumer. That of course doesn't mean those that have them and end up needing them don't benefit from it greatly.

    Personally, I think the price of iMac AppleCare is dirt cheap when you consider how un-user-serviceable it is.

    On a Mac Pro for example, I'd take my chances. And AppleCare is expensive for it. But you can address any problem that might arise and buy parts if needed. MacBooks, sort of a necessary evil though.

    iMacs though. Its a steal to pay $160 for a $2000 computer that will obligate Apple to repair and replace any failing components over the course of three years.

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