Is AppleCare worth it??

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  1. PSUgirl208 macrumors newbie

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    I'm planning on buying my first Mac...a refurbished MacBook. I've heard Apple's warranty and customer service are EXCELLENT, but I was wondering if AppleCare's extra 3 years are really worth an extra $250?? I'm trying to save money here and not buy things I don't need, but I don't want to regret it. Any thoughts?
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i dont get it as 250 is a nice % of a new computer that you will want 3 years down the road
     
  3. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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  5. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    There really are a hundred threads on this... they all lead to yes for the majority.
     
  6. kmaute macrumors 6502

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    Ok. Applecare is like insurance. it used by both the user (i.e. you and me) as well as AAPL for purposes of risk management. It is up to you to consider whether Applecare is worth it to manage the risk of a hardware failure.

    Consider it mathematically:

    What do you expect the probability of suffering a catastrophic hardware failure between time periods (0-1 years) and (3< years) (since it's a probability, it's between 0, it will never happen, and 1, it's guaranteed to happen)? Multiply that probability by the purchase price of your machine. If it exceeds the cost of the applecare, then your expected value of the applecare purchase is higher than the cost which suggests you should buy it. If it's exactly equal to or below the cost of applecare, you should not buy it.

    My MBP was $1799. I purchased Applecare for it for $205. Intuitively, I deduced that my MBP had a probable failure rate of greater than 11.4%. If Applecare costs $500, I probably wouldn't have purchased it. If you owned a company with 20,000 macs, you exploit the law of large numbers and Applecare is no longer your best option. You'd save money paying for repairs in cash.
    There ya go.
     
  7. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    To be clear, if you are not going to keep your computer longer then a year then it is not worth it. It increases resale value, but, you are not going to recover the investment.
     
  8. PSUgirl208 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    whoops... didn't realize there were so many!
    I didn't know you could wait to purchase it- I thought you had to buy the Applecare at the time you bought the computer. That's why I was confused when people were asking about ebay and such. So bottom line- you can wait and not even buy Applecare through Apple?
     
  9. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Yes, you can most def. wait. You have until one year from the purchase date to buy it. I would not buy it off eBay, if you are a student you can get it for $183 in the edu store, which is pretty cheap. eBay has numerous problems, a lot of which are covered here. If you are not a student, I'd get it from L.A. Computer, you can get it for around the same price as the EDU Store.
     
  10. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

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    You have to buy it within 1 year of purchasing your Mac. Yes, you can buy Applecare from 3rd party resellers. Beware of eBay! Amazon.com has Applecare for a little cheaper than Apple.
     
  11. nutritious macrumors 6502

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    Probably is, but if my laptop broke, I'd rather just dump it and buy a new one.
     
  12. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Apple Student Price: $183
    Amazon: $190

    The OP's name seems to indicate she might be a student and a female.
     
  13. PSUgirl208 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah it's $250 through Apple and my school is not much cheaper than that. I hope to use my computer for a long time (I had a Dell and it just died on me last week), so I guess it would make sense to cough up the extra money. I have less than a year left of school, but in that year I'll probably put it through a lot. That's why I've been undecided on buying the extra warranty.
    Glad I found this forum though- you guys are really helpful!
     
  14. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    If you are getting the 13" Anything you qualify for the $183 price.
     
  15. GoKyu macrumors 65816

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    I can't believe nobody's mentioned L.A. Computer Company yet, who has the Applecare for Macbooks at only $180.

    It's worth the peace of mind :) (I bought A/C on my Mac Pro, actually...because if a Xeon dies, that's a BIG expense, and because I got it clearance priced when CompUSA went out...I think it was like $120.)
     
  16. dipm06 macrumors member

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    yes

    i think that Apple care is worth it for anything portable. My sisters had broken once within the first year of having her macbook and was replaced free of charge. She didnt buy apple care though and shes already had to replace her hard drive again (cost her the equivalent of $100) and is currently experiencing problems with her dvd drive. Apple is charging the equivalent of $30 just to have the disk in it removed and if the drive is really broken, it will cost her even more. if she had bought apple care, all these things would be fixed by apple free of charge.

    Buy Applecare and you could save a lot of money.
     
  17. alphaod macrumors Core

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    That's the wrong idea; unless AppleCare is free, it's not that these latter repairs would have been competed free of charge; in all cases you prepaid for repairs.

    That said, AppleCare is still a good buy; I've had my motherboard replaced, computer exchanged.
     
  18. dipm06 macrumors member

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    okay i don't think i did a good job in explaining my point =P yes, it wouldn't have been free because you're still playing for the applecare, but any repairs that exceed the cost of apple care would be free.
     
  19. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    it's only an extra 2 years, not 3......it's a 2 year extension that totals 3 years from the day you bought the computer

    and the odds are you wont use it, most people don't.....but if having to pay for a major repair would be a financial disaster, then maybe it's worth it
     
  20. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    I mentioned it ;). To make sure everyone is clear, L.A. Computer's pricing is usually the same or virtually the same as the EDU Store.

    My odds say I'd use it. Power Chargers, batteries, etc. If you are keeping it for three years, $90 a year is fully worth it.
     
  21. a1rflow macrumors member

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    Well, I bought my Applecare off eBay for $163. All the seller did was e-mail me the code (which is all you really need) and I just went to the applecare website to activate it, which worked perfectly. So as long as you buy from an eBay seller that has a greater than 98% feedback, you should be fine.
     
  22. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Agreed, my harddrive crashed on my iMac, took it in to my local Apple store and it was replaced and back on my desk the same day.
     
  23. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    It is extra 2 years on top of the 1 year warranty that is given for all Apple hardware. And yes, it will be well worth it if you need to use it even once. And if you don't have to, you have bought some peace of mind for few years ;)
     
  24. Macky-Mac macrumors 68030

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    if you know you tend to be unlucky, then that would be another reason to buy it :)
     
  25. Hey Apple! macrumors member

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    My logic board broke on my MacBook Pro and Apple replaced it for free. The cost of AppleCare was definitely worth it in my case as I saved hundreds of dollars. Just the piece of mind I had was enough to make AppleCare worth it to me as well, but in the end, is when you will truly know if AppleCare was worth it or not based on if you got any use out of it.
     

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