Apple Care - worth the price?

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  1. YourMomOnRyeBun

    YourMomOnRyeBun New Member

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    Buying a Mac today. Should I buy Apple care? Worth the money? I have always found that service plans on PC's (through Best Buy and Circuit City) to be a waste of money. I cannot afford to be away from my computer for weeks on end while they "fix" it. I use the computer for business so I need it fixed NOW.

    Does Apple care fix the machine at the store? Or end it away?
     
  2. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    you get at least 1 year of apple care free when you get your mac... so try it out for a year, near the end you can buy another 2 years if you want....

    if it's a simple fix, you can take it to the store, if it's something major, you'll send it in.
     
  3. YourMomOnRyeBun

    YourMomOnRyeBun New Member

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    So you don't have to make the decision when you purchase the macbook?
     
  4. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    keep in mind that you will void your applecare if you it looks like your damaged your machine.

    otherwise, it is an excellent service
     
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    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    no, you have up to 1 year to decide
     
  6. TheWeasel

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    On laptops, it's totally worth the price as any repairs on a laptop are going to cost you a lot. On the iMacs and mini's I may skip it. I'd likely go with it on the Mac Pro. AppleCare consistently gets top ratings compared to other service plans. In addition, it's a nice selling point if you choose to upgrade to a new machine later on as it can be transfered (simple email to Apple with a copy of your purchase receipt and the name of the new owner is all it takes).
     
  7. xenon supra

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    laptops yes
    desktops
    mac mini: no
    imac: no
    mac pro: yes
     
  8. Dr. Mantis Toboggan

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    Do they cover dead pixels? I've had my macbook pro for about 2 weeks now and I already have a dead pixel in the middle of my screen :wtc:
     
  9. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    depends on the number of pixels. they will generally not replace the screen for one pixel.
     
  10. hurleyint1386

    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    I always recommend AppleCare to anyone getting a laptop. It's not as big of a deal with desktops, though, but still good to have. The downside about getting Apple Care after the purchase date is that you only get 90 days of phone support if you need it. Otherwise, you're paying like $50 per time you call.

    Generally they can do repairs in the store. If it's for a part they don't have in stock, it might take a little bit longer, but they are generally really good about repairs.

    Also, for anyone who uses their Mac for work/business, I recommend Pro Care just because it gives you that expedited service. If you've got any questions about purchasing or anything, let me know.
     
  11. jackback52

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    ever since my iBook G3 bullshit logic board issues, I've always bought applecare. its worth it in the long run. If you can, get it online via student discount at the apple store.
     
  12. jackback52

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    imac: yes if you buy the top of the line one.
     
  13. Kirk Hinrich

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    I just bought an MBP, I'll probably go and throw applecare on it after close to a year, but I couldn't afford it outright
     
  14. LooneyTuned

    LooneyTuned Oil? Bitch you cookin OT Supporter

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    when i bought mine i didnt but i was going to before year expiry.


    I sold it under at under a yearold... im waiting on the next update im gonna get before 1 year is up.
     

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