RMBP owners, did you get AppleCare?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wmage, Jun 14, 2012.

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Did you buy AppleCare

  1. Yes

    79 vote(s)
    65.8%
  2. No

    55 vote(s)
    45.8%
  1. wmage macrumors member

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    #1
    Yes? How do you feel about spending extra $350?

    No? How do you feel about risking something will break in two years and your computer will be worthless?

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    I would love to create a poll, but it looks like I'm too recent user to do that. Any moderator mind adding simple Yes/No poll? Thanks!
     
  2. leenak macrumors 68020

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    Your computer wouldn't be worthless, you'd just have to pay to replace whatever parts break. It is like the gambling. You are gambling that something will break after a year if you buy it, you are gambling that something won't break after a year if you don't buy it.

    I'm heavily considering buying it though.
     
  3. JacinTatt macrumors member

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    I didn't buy AppleCare yet, but that is only because if I did, I wouldn't have had enough cash leftover to pay my phone and fuel bills. I completely intend on purchasing it some time in the next month or two though, as you have up to a year from the purchase date of your mac to buy AppleCare.
     
  4. Nathan W macrumors newbie

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    1. You can buy AppleCare on Amazon.com for $299 so FYI.

    2. You have up to a year (when your factory warranty expires) to buy AppleCare. I set a reminder in my calendar on June 1st 2013 to see how the reliability ratings are for it and to decide then.
     
  5. MrManwelo macrumors member

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    as a student i get applecare for £50 ($77), so it was an easy decision.
     
  6. undies1993 macrumors 6502a

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    For students in the us it is $230 :mad:
     
  7. Jazwire macrumors 6502a

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    Student Price is $230 in US.
    And I will absolutely get it, just not right now, but about 10-11 months from now.

    Set a reminder in my calander already.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    Poll added :)

    I haven't purchased my MBP [yet] but given the new design I think extending the warranty by 2 years is a safe choice.
     
  9. PAPO macrumors 6502

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    given that it's nigh on impossible to replace a single part of the retina pro (hence necessitating the replacement of the entire unit), an Apple care protection plan should be a MUST (but you do have a year to buy it)
     
  10. vhp3 macrumors regular

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    amex

    No. Only because I paid with AMEX. They double the warranty automatically. I have 2 years covered on my Retina.
     
  11. ixodes macrumors 601

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  12. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I've voted and yes, I've added Apple Care. A bit pricey, but it's insurance.
     
  13. asdad123 macrumors regular

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    I didnt purchase it with the laptop itself, but I will be purchasing it before the 1 year is up
     
  14. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    No. I never buy AppleCare... or any ext. warranty for that matter. Many CCs extend the warranty by a year now if you purchase w/ that card. Also AppleCare for MBPs is around $300 discounted. I can sell my MBP this time next year for $500 under what I paid. $200 for the upgrades + $300 for additional year warranty (really two if you include my CCs extension). To me that's the better way to spend $300.
     
  15. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65816

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    Those credit card warranties are absolute garbage. They are such a pain to deal with. I don't buy warranties unless it's a TV, Computer, or something I can't afford to replace. However, the Geek Squad Protection Plans and AppleCare take all of the headache out of dealing with a broken electronic.
     
  16. ppone macrumors regular

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  17. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    If I did buy the laptop it'd be the first I got AppleCare. Certainly wouldn't want to see the invoice for repairs for something so proprietary.
     
  18. boy-better-know macrumors 65816

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    You get it free if you buy online at your Universities campus. Thats what I do with all the Macs I have bought.
     
  19. ppone macrumors regular

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    That seems like a good strategy. How much money do you lose upgrading each year?

     
  20. Chupa Chupa, Jun 14, 2012
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    Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    I don't really consider it "losing money." My money is gone as soon as I pay the CC company. It's not like it's an investment where I'm hoping for a return. It's a purchase, which typically are in valuation free-fall the moment you use it.

    Instead I think of my Mac purchases as self-financed leases. My goal is to spend $25-35/month on each computer I own, depending on their capabilities. And that is about what they cost me after I've sold them after a year. The key is to sell them just before a new model is announced. After that it's cheaper to keep them for another year b/c the big resale value hit comes right when the new model is released, then stabilizes until the next speed bump is announced.


    Well, maybe you need a better CC company. I can tell you from my own experience that American Express's service is fantastic. All I had to do was tell them when I bought the item and they looked it up. I had the choice of using their repair service and they'd send me a box or I could use mine and they'd reimburse me after I faxed them a copy of the repair bill. I also had to charge the repair to my AMEX. No headache at all, and I still had $300 in my wallet.
     
  21. JosephDuffy macrumors regular

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    No, but buying through the student store means that you get 3 years warranty, or "phone support" for an extra 2 years for £50.
    I did not buy the extra phone support.
     
  22. leenak macrumors 68020

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    I use AMEX for everything but I've never had anything break. I'll have to look into the warranty thing.

    I don't think your strategy would work for me as I can't be without a computer so I'd need to sell after I get a replacement. Although I do get a pretty decent corporate discount (better than the student), so I can see how it wouldn't cost too much to do it. I'm also lazy though.

    We generally go through a 5-6 year cycle with laptops in our house. I use one for 3 years, give it to my husband who uses it for 2-3 years.

    I'm not really worried about having the latest and greatest though but definitely an interesting strategy.
     
  23. danetello macrumors 6502

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    I'm a student in the UK, so I get free AppleCare hardware support for 3 years. :D
    I can get telephone support for an extra £60, but I hardly use it for my other apple products so didn't get
     
  24. ugp macrumors 65816

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    I typically always buy AppleCare with any Mac purchase I have ever gotten. When you need it, it saves a lot of money. I had to have my Screen and Logic Board replaced on my 27" iMac about 6 months ago and the repair would have been over a grand according to the ticket they gave me.
     
  25. zurichuk macrumors regular

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    I voted no, but before 1 year is up it will be yes.
     

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