Should I get the Apple Care for my new MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by orangeillini14, Jul 8, 2008.

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Should I buy the Apple Care program?

  1. Yes.

    16 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. No.

    8 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. orangeillini14 macrumors regular

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    I'll be a freshman at college next year and was wondering it would be worth it to drop $250 for the 3 yr. Apple Care program. I'm pretty computer savvy (I'd like to think, but definitely not an expert), so for some problems I'm able to solve by myself or just finding an answer online, etc.

    So do you think it would be beneficial or not to purchase the plan?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    The good news is that this subject has been discussed repeatedly in dozens of threads in the forums, so you can get a much faster response if, before starting a new repetitive thread, you'll first use this link to search the forums to see what has already been discussed. If you don't find your answer there, let us know and we'll be happy to help! :)
     
  3. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a

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    I would get it. Just not right away - you can wait until your one year warranty is about to expire and then purchase AppleCare
     
  4. noodle654 macrumors 68020

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    Buy it on eBay because it will only cost $200. If your Logic Board dies, a repair will cost over $400 after shipping and tax. It just makes sense to buy it because most issues that you will have, you will never be able to fix.
     
  5. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

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  6. orangeillini14 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Didn't click your link but it definitely doesn't seem like it would route me to the forum's search engine...
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It does. It enables you to use Google to search the forums, which provides much better results than using the "Search Forums" field. It's a very popular tool here.
     
  8. crobbins macrumors 6502

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    I think it is a pretty wise investment, but do remember that it only it doesn't cover accidental damage. I do quite a bit of computer repair work and people keep asking me about this when they come to me with broken MacBooks and I have to remind them..spills, drops, and other accidents are NOT covered!
     
  9. teerexx52 macrumors 68000

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    I would say yes. I have it on all my Mac Laptops
     
  10. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Dunno why every MRnewbie shy away from MRoogle... :rolleyes:
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Um...... ignorance? (in the purest definition... uninformed!) :D
     
  12. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    I'm gonna vote NO... cause this kid obviously knows enough about his Mac not to need Apple's professional technical assistance if something should fail, once the warranty expires - he is after all "computer savvy"


    Then again...

    I don't have AppleCare for my MBP. I have something (in my opinion better!) comes in the form of "Notebook/Laptop Insurance" which covers against hardware failures, theft and accidental damage. I'll get a replacement system of the latest specs should anything happens... covers everything but the data!
     
  13. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    The key word here is kid.
     
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Well, I'm not going to pass judgement because someone's young and inexperienced.... we all started out young once (although I'll be damned if I can remember back that far!:D) I guess he just missed the point I was making, that searching the forums before starting a new thread is a good thing to do, especially with a subject that's been discussed dozens of times by hundreds of posters. There's nothing new to learn by starting the discussion all over again.

    By the way, I majored in computer science in college (yes, they had college back then! of course, CS was all about mainframes at the time!), hoping to learn everything there was to know about computers. The most valuable thing I learned after decades in the industry was, you can't learn it all! That's why the wise man recognizes he has two ears and one mouth, and uses them in that proportion! :cool:
     
  15. kingshrubb macrumors regular

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    I'm not getting Apple Care with my MBP. From what I've heard, consumer reports recommends not purchasing extended care plans because the product usually breaks after the extended warranty expires. Up to you but I'd rather save the 200 or so $ :)
     
  16. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Well, that's entirely up to you!

    Buying it would give you peace of mind, just in case something should happen - however, if you or anyone attempts to modify the system, it'll become pointless and a complete waste of money.

    Having a alternative would be wise! Personally, I don't keep a system long enough to invest in additional warranty, that's usually tied to that one machine. Where as with insurance, i just inform the company i have a new machine, give them the serial number and hey presto, the new system is covered. :)
     
  17. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Not everywhere is so convenient as Japan. ;)
     
  18. Chris Rogers macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, Forgive the stupid question, but if I'm a huge "do it yourselfer" when it comes to anything that plugs in, what is the major difference between going to the genius bar and apple care? They will look at it for you for free and basically tell you what to do. I guess what I'm trying to ask is what BIG things does this cover?

    I'm just an accountant trying to save $ ;)

    Edit: Long live Consumer Reports!!!
     
  19. MacGeek7 macrumors 6502a

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    Going to the Genius Bar will simply tell you what is wrong. AppleCare will cover the cost. So you go in to the Genius Bar and find out that repairs are going to be $300 or something of that nature. With AppleCare, Apple will replace the part. Without it you simply know the cost of the part + other charges.
     
  20. alphaod macrumors Core

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    There is only really one difference: After 1 year, you can go to the Genius bar either way, they will diagnose your problems and if it needs repair, the difference between AppleCare and none, is repair at no additional cost to you or you pay for the whole repair, respectively.
     

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