Hi, ever since investing in my mac book air last year I have had nothing but trouble with it. The flash storage drive crashed after 9 months and everything was wiped - all programs and other documents 2 weeks prior to my comprehensive exams for my PhD. Apparently this was a fault with Mac Book Airs sold around the time I got mine so it was replaced free of charge but was a pretty stressful experience I did not need at the time. In the past 2 months my software has been acting funny and then on Saturday my display broke, 3 days prior to a really important presentation I had to give. It's just 9 weeks out of warranty but when I brought it to the Apple Store at Mapleview Mall in Burlington I was quoted $560 for a repair. I am in a really sticky situation as it was a huge struggle financially for me to purchase the laptop last March but as I heard Macs rarely had problems with them and a laptop is the key tool I need for my PhD I thought it would be worth the investment. I simply do not have the funds to pay $560 for a new display so I was wondering if anyone had any advice? The tech was pleasant but said there was nothing she could do to reduce the cost of the repair, I spoke to a manager who made me feel like an idiot for not having applecare even though I had previously spoken to a Mac representative who advised me against it. The whole experience made me feel small. If anyone has had any similar experiences or suggestions I would really appreciate it. Thanks.