New iMac: Did you pick up Apple Care?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bembol, Sep 9, 2007.

  1. bembol macrumors 65816

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    I mentioned before this, 2.4GHz 24" iMac is my third and skipped on the Apple Care on three.

    Just curious if any MacRumors' picked up the Apple Care with their new iMac's.
     
  2. WarMace macrumors member

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    I did. At $120 with the education discount, it seemed worth it.
     
  3. oduinnin macrumors regular

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    You Betcha!

    When it comes to standard everyday appliances I avoid extended warrantees.

    When it comes to personal computers, I find extended warrantees to be well worth it. With AppleCare, you get tech phone service extended to the full 3 years. That alone is worth the price.

    So, yes I did get AppleCare with my new iMac.
     
  4. MK2007 macrumors regular

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    I never buy any extended warranties for anything. That includes my 24" iMac and the new Compaq laptop I bought today. I have never had a problem with anything I have purchased over about 30 years. To me, these extended warranties are a waste of money.
     
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Many have gotten great value from AppleCare.

    AC on my Rev. A iMac G5 is going to expire in about a month or less. I have never used it. Still glad I had it.
     
  6. daneoni macrumors G4

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    I did but only because got a significant discount for it (42% off). Haven't registered it though
     
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Since this is my first ever Apple computer, I bought Apple Care. Just wanted to make sure that I would be covered.
     
  8. jesteraver macrumors 6502

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  9. clickart macrumors member

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    When is the last day that you can purchase applecare for your imac? do I need to keep the receipt for my imac? Just got an imac last week.
     
  10. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    You can purchase it anytime during the one year hardware warranty. Don't be one of the procrastinators who posts about what to do about getting AC on he last day of his warranty. ;)
     
  11. CrouchingDonkey macrumors member

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    Buying AppleCare/Extended warranties are a personal preference I think.

    I've never bought extended warranties for any electrical/electronic equipment I've bought. Like what MK2007 said, none of my gadgets have encountered problems after the initial 12/24 month warranty.

    Funnily enough though, I have had to take back 2 iPods due to HD failure. One was a 4G iPod photo, and more recently a 5.5G iPod, but both these were within the 12 month warranty. A couple of weeks ago, the replaced iPod photo was 'dying'. I bought a replacement battery, and fitted myself. It now seems healthy.

    My point is, if you don't want to risk paying over the odds to get something fixed in the future, then go for the extended warranties. I on the other hand, would much prefer to save that money, and fix it (if I can) or put it towards a replacement when the time comes, as by that time, it's probably due to be replaced anyway.
     
  12. Alloye macrumors 6502a

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    I always buy AppleCare. Even if I never use it, it comes in handy at resale time.
     
  13. JimmyDreams macrumors 6502

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    For my 24" 2.8Ghz, you bet I did. This is my first Apple, and I want to make sure that I'm covered if the quality isn't there. Also, the phone support was huge for me since I'm new.

    I had extended coverage on a Fujitsu laptop I had...the display crapped out and Fry's wound up giving me a new one. Better CPU, better wireless....made the cost of the extended warranty VERY much worth it.

    Hopefully, I'll never need the Applecare, but do you drive your car without insurance or run around without health insurance? I don't. Better safe than sorry, IMO.

    JimmyD
    :apple::apple::apple::apple:
     
  14. risc macrumors 68030

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    As soon as I brought my 24" home and the GF told me I wasn't getting another computer for years (I guess she has had enough of machines randomly turning up here) I jumped online and ordered AppleCare (oh and 4 GB of RAM).
     
  15. JimmyDreams macrumors 6502

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    Are you sure you're not going to be getting another GF in the next few years?!?! (lol)

    Grab the pants from her NOW, dude, before it's too late!!!!:D

    JimmyD
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  16. risc macrumors 68030

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    I've tried but after 7 years she dominates this relationship. Having said that though in the month before I bought this thing I did bring home 3 other computers (all tweaked and sold for a profit).
     
  17. HLdan macrumors 603

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    I would highly recommend that you make that decision on your own. The forum members could help make you or break you by following our decision on buying Applecare.
    Example. You buy it and never use it then you will feel like you wasted money.
    Or you decide not to buy it and something goes wrong after the first year or you may need phone support after the 90 days and you will be annoyed that you didn't get it.

    That being said I buy Applecare on all my notebooks and Apple gave me a courtesy Applecare package when I bought my latest iMac. I was going to buy it anyway.

    The only thing I will recommend is don't make decisions based on your previous experience with computers, that's the biggest mistake you can ever make.
     
  18. gazelleintense macrumors regular

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    great price, its going to cost me $177 with tax If I get it, which I likely will.

    normally I skip mac warranties, but may get it this time around.
     
  19. HLdan macrumors 603

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    You shouldn't be paying tax on an extended warranty. Where are you buying it from?
     
  20. gamerz macrumors 6502

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    I think 1 year coverage is enough for me... If I am having problems with it within that year, I might get AC. If I don't and something happens to my mac, I have no problem with paying to fix it... if the total is less that AC...
     
  21. rainydays macrumors 6502a

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    One thing I'm wondering about is if you don't buy extended AppleCare and have a problem after the 3 months of phone support. Will you still be able to call them about the problem in order to get it fixed?
    Is the extended phone support only about "how do I put files in the trash can" sort of questions?
     
  22. djc6 macrumors 6502

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    This was my thought process regarding the matter..

    My first mac was a 15" TiBook. I rarely took it anywhere, it spent 99% of its life on my desk sitting on an iCurve stand. It led an easy life and was the final revision of the Tibook, not a Rev. A.

    Anyways, my TiBook had its display, logic board, memory and fans replaced. Since the iMac is has a LOT in common with a laptop (laptop chipset, compact design, mostly non-user servicable) I decided to get the applecare ($120 for students).

    I don't really care about the phone support; in my experience, forums such as these provide much better support!
     
  23. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Yeah, until your Mac has troubles connecting to the web then the forums are useless.:D
     
  24. gamerz macrumors 6502

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    Then you borrow somebody else's computer with internet :p

    Wow... I must be desperate to do that :eek:
     
  25. divedude macrumors member

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    Yes, I got it. :) Just got news my 24" 2.8 will be here on the 13th. I already have 4GB waiting to feed it. :)
     

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