What is the best alternative Warranty for MacBook Pro Retina.. other than Apple Care?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mok23, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. mok23 macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2012
    Is there any other alternative warranty plans cheaper than Apple Care??

  2. M5RahuL macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2009
    Considering you can get AC for under $250 ( Retina included ) from BH photo, I'm not sure who'd have anything cheaper. Even SquareTrade is more than the discounted AC.
  3. iPhonesandMacs macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2012
    you can get applecare if you have a friend with a college ID for $183 from apple direct
  4. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011
    For retina ???
  5. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    The price is different between the 13" and 15" versions. The $183 educational price is for the 13" version.

    Also, consider a personal articles policy from your homeowner/renter's policy. I have one. My policy costs $60 year, and covers theft, loss, accidental damage, and mechanical failure. It came in handy when I lost my MacBook Air last year.
  6. shroogis macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2010
    You could purchase the device using an American Express or Discover to take advantage of the extra 1 year warranty they say they will add to electronics.
  7. chrise2 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2012
    the important thing to consider is that Apple Care doesn't cover accidental damage which really bothers me. I wish you could buy Apple Care + for a Mac like you can with an iPhone and iPad.
  8. AppleTecFan macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2009
  9. iPhonesandMacs, Feb 14, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013

    iPhonesandMacs macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2012

    $183 for 13 inch
    $239 for 15 inch
  10. jpw16 macrumors member


    Jun 12, 2010
    State Farm personal article policy. $33 a year covering my 13 rMBP
  11. richorlin macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2007
    Applecare for Macbook Pro retina

    B&H Photo has Applecare for the 13" Macbook Pro retina for $179 no tax and free shipping. You can't get a legit retail copy cheaper than that.
    Maybe you can find a sealed box for less on eBay but it takes a lot of hunting.
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    x2, except they recently imposed a $60 minimum in New York (and that was before I filed an $1800 claim after I lost my MacBook Air). It's still better and cheaper than AppleCare (particularly since Visa Signature doubles my warranty already).

    They were very good about processing the claim, however. After I lost my MacBook Air I ordered the rMBP to replace it and had the check by the time the rMBP arrived. It's well worth having.
  13. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    Look into your credit card provider I know for mine they add an extra year of warranty.
  14. Modernape macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    If you buy the mac via someone with an education discount, you'll get 3 years applecare included in the price.
  15. iPhonesandMacs macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2012
    no you won't, Applecare is still an additional price on top of whatever mac you may purchase.
  16. eminemead macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2013
    CT, USA
    is this only for purchasing directly from apple?


    agreed, you only get a discount.
  17. avflinsch macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011

    if you are in school, see if they offer or have an agreement with an insurance company. You can usually cover ALL of your electronics (replace/repair & theft) for $150 or less.
  18. Essenar macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2008
    My school, UCSD doesn't offer this. :/

    I'm gonna look into discounts for students.
  19. sarakn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2013
    Do you need to prove that you attend that school? I'm working on a contract basis for a university and I plan on purchasing using their discount. When I went to the apple site for higher ed for purchase, it did not ask for any documentation.
  20. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    I'm not entirely sure but I did buy mine from Apple again I would just maybe give them a call and find out what they can do for you.
  21. BigMacAttack1 macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2013
    Bellingham, WA
    Buying with my American Express card, I automatically get a 2-year warranty for free! I also can use my American Family homeowner's policy to create a "personal protection" just for the laptop that covers damage/stolen/anything. It's $13 annually with a $50 deductible. The only thing I'm unsure of is, if I pay the $50 deductible, does that make my entire coverage go up due to filing a claim. Need to research that.
  22. Geoffre macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2013
    I would be interested to hear the answer to that question if you figure it out -- this has been the one thing that concerns me about covering my electronics this way.
  23. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I believe as long as you purchase it from an authorized reseller the credit card company will extend the warranty. With Visa Signature you can (but don't have to) register the serial number and mail a copy of the receipt to a processing center. The card companies outsource the warranty administration to a third party insurance company. How it works is that if there is mechanical failure after the first year, you take it to Apple to get it fixed, pay the bill, and then submit the claim to the card company.

    The card issuers can afford this because so few people actually take advantage of it. But it encourages people to use the card (so the card issuer gets its processing fee from the merchant), and the bank gets another balance that it hopes to earn interest from.


    I'll find out this summer. I filed a claim against my policy in December, and it is up for renewal in August. I'd guess it's like any other insurance policy. File too many claims and it goes against your history. However, I just got a $1550 check from them less than 2 months ago, so I can stomach a modest increase.
  24. BigMacAttack1 macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2013
    Bellingham, WA
    I just spoke w/AmFam and they said that unless it was an act of God, it would increase my policy b/c I am making a claim. How much it will increase depends on each individual due to certain personalized variables (how long with company, group discounts, etc.). But I'll know more Monday--certainly worth looking into!
  25. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Remember, insurance is one of the only things you buy that you hope you'll never need to use.

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