Question About Buying New Macbook Pro On eBay and Extended Warranty

conteaparis

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Oct 18, 2017
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Hi, I’m considering buying a MBP on eBay. Seller has listed it as sealed, brand new, and it comes with Apple Care+ through 2020. The price is good, signifigantly discounted but not suspicious by any means. I live in California, seller is also in CA. I’m assuming I won’t have to pay any tax, otherwise this is all moot and I’m just going to buy from B&H or something.

Anyway, I have an American Express Card which supposedly extends manufacture warranties on purchases for one extra year...and if there is a purchased service contract, then one year from that expiring. My question is, does Apple Care+ count as a service contract, and if it’s purchased as part of a listed-as-brand new MBP, will my Amex extended warranty cover it? Do these sorts of things cover eBay purchases in general? Anyone have any experience with buying such things on eBay? I’d appreciate any advice! Thank you!
 

shaunp

macrumors 68000
Nov 5, 2010
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Don't do it. You will regret it later. Just buy it from Apple and save all the hassle later on if anything goes wrong. You will then thank yourself for spending the extra and buying from the manufacturer.
 

Macyourdayy

macrumors 6502
Sep 9, 2011
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I bought my late 2011 17" mbp off eBay soon after they were discontinued as I was too indecisive and all the refurb store ones disappeared. It was sealed and the AppleCare I also purchased off eBay was honoured by Apple. I still have it, and with an SSD, a spinner and 16G of ram, as well as a full array of functional ports AND MagSafe and a good keyboard, I'm not tempted to change.
I also have a well used escape key and the ability to install 4TB of SSD at market rates, so stick that in your Apple Park and smoke it Jonny.

YMMV.
 

Fishrrman

macrumors P6
Feb 20, 2009
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When buying from eBay, it all boils down to "who the seller is".

There are a few high-volume sellers there who seem to be authorized to move large quantities of Apple stock (particularly when an older model is discontinued for a newer one).

This is distinguished from individual sellers who can be reputable, or not so.

One pays one's money and takes one's choice.

If the price difference isn't too much, I'd consider an Apple factory refurb as well.

Personal experience:
Back in December 2016 (just after the 2016 MBPro models were announced) I bought a 2015 MBPro 13" from eBay seller "Electronics Valley". It came as a factory-new unit and has been fine. No connection with the seller other than being a satisfied customer...
 

Tech198

macrumors G5
Mar 21, 2011
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Australia, Perth
Hi, I’m considering buying a MBP on eBay. Seller has listed it as sealed, brand new, and it comes with Apple Care+ through 2020. The price is good, signifigantly discounted but not suspicious by any means. I live in California, seller is also in CA. I’m assuming I won’t have to pay any tax, otherwise this is all moot and I’m just going to buy from B&H or something.

Anyway, I have an American Express Card which supposedly extends manufacture warranties on purchases for one extra year...and if there is a purchased service contract, then one year from that expiring. My question is, does Apple Care+ count as a service contract, and if it’s purchased as part of a listed-as-brand new MBP, will my Amex extended warranty cover it? Do these sorts of things cover eBay purchases in general? Anyone have any experience with buying such things on eBay? I’d appreciate any advice! Thank you!
I busted my previous Macbook Pro, and headed to ebay to get the early 2015 model again (used but sealed), as i hate the new ones from Apple, did get 1867Mhz memory report from OSX and not 1866Mhz, but that's not a problem, just took me as "odd" If its "off" by a reading, i automatically take that as a third party.

Apart from that, everything worked 100% via paypal on CC
 

HBOC

macrumors 68020
Oct 14, 2008
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i bought my mid 2015 with Apple Care a year ago for $2000. This was in summer of 2016, and the same thing from apple.com would have cost me $3100. I researched the seller, and asked questions. A year later, still running perfect and i still have 16 months of applecare left.

If you do your due diligence, you should be fine. Remember, if it seems to good to be true....