Today, I received a brand new MBP. I did not pay a cent. In 2011, I bought a refurbished Late 2009 MacBook for about $700. I also happened to purchase AppleCare. As it turned out, my MacBook was very unreliable. After 8 repairs, I sent an email to Apple. I spoke to a Corporate Executive Relations manager for about two days and sent my MacBook in to Apple. She said that she would promptly issue me a replacement MacBook as it was under warranty. She did mention that they do not make any more 2009 MacBooks and that she would have to find an equivalent model and that she would call me tomorrow. So she calls me and says that she will overnight me a 2012 MBP. I received it today. So, for the $170 I spent on AppleCare (buy it on eBay) I got a brand new MBP. They replaced a refurbished, couple year old MacBook with a brand new MacBook Pro. That is why I would always buy AppleCare.