Ridiculous Repair Costs!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MAKenzie, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. MAKenzie macrumors newbie

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    Why does it cost so much to replace a display for the macbook pros? My screen broke (I do not know how, because I definitely didn't step on it, drop it, etc. but that is another story) and they tried to charge me more than $700 to fix it! For that cost, I figured I might as well just deal with it until some internal part breaks down in a year or two, and then I will just buy a whole new computer. The person I talked to at the mac store when I took it in told me to estimate about $50 to fix it, so naturally I was shocked when I got the call saying that it would cost so much. But can anyone tell me why they charge such an outrageous amount? This cannot really be a reasonable price, can it???
     
  2. Retrostarscream macrumors member

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  3. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

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    Do you need a whole new display, or just the LCD panel?
     
  4. ljx718 macrumors 6502

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    i used to work for geeksquad and youd be surprised at the quotes they would give for lcds, didnt matter the brand
     
  5. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking you might want to call the GeekSquad out and have them look at your apostrophe button. :p
     
  6. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    To make life simple for those Apple Technicians, they usually change the whole of the top containing the display, isight, wifi antenna and whatever else is in there! That's why someone's warranty could be voided if they choose to have laser etching.

    But with the technical know how, there's no reason why a user can't change it... but it'll cost your the price of the panel, plus a few hours of your time.
     
  7. Merkava_4 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I found that out last week when I went to an authorized repair shop to get an estimate. They said Apple doesn't allow them to change out only the LCD. They quoted me a price of $450 for the display times two hours of labor at $75/Hr equals $600. I only have scratches on the LCD panel, so replacing the entire display seemed like a waste of good parts. :confused:

    My solution was to ask somebody at MacNN forums for the factory service manual PDF, and to buy the LCD panel from PowerbookMedic at a cost of $207 shipped. :)
     

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