RMBP owners, did you get AppleCare?

Did you buy AppleCare

  • Yes

    Votes: 79 65.8%
  • No

    Votes: 55 45.8%

  • Total voters
    120

wmage

macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 14, 2012
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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!
 

leenak

macrumors 68020
Mar 10, 2011
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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.
 
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JacinTatt

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Jun 12, 2012
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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.
 
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Nathan W

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May 10, 2008
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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.
 
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Jazwire

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Jun 20, 2009
896
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127.0.0.1
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.
 
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maflynn

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May 3, 2009
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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.
 
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PAPO

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Aug 24, 2009
327
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Australia
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)
 
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vhp3

macrumors regular
Jul 12, 2008
141
4
amex

No. Only because I paid with AMEX. They double the warranty automatically. I have 2 years covered on my Retina.
 
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asdad123

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Jun 16, 2010
155
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I didnt purchase it with the laptop itself, but I will be purchasing it before the 1 year is up
 
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Chupa Chupa

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Jul 16, 2002
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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.
 
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mnsportsgeek

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Feb 24, 2009
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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.
 
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Dangerous Theory

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Jul 28, 2011
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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.
 
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ppone

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Sep 1, 2011
178
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That seems like a good strategy. How much money do you lose upgrading each year?

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.
 
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Chupa Chupa

macrumors G5
Jul 16, 2002
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That seems like a good strategy. How much money do you lose upgrading each year?
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.


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.
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.
 
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JosephDuffy

macrumors regular
Jul 12, 2009
152
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Great Britain
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.
 
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leenak

macrumors 68020
Mar 10, 2011
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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.
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.
 
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danetello

macrumors 6502
Dec 23, 2010
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London, UK
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
 
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ugp

macrumors 65816
Jan 7, 2008
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Inverness, Florida
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.
 
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