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  • Should I get Applecare?

    Just looking for some feedback on whether Applecare is worth it in my situation. I have G4 Powerbook that is a year old and my warranty runs out very soon - I'd have to sign up for it by tomorrw. Applecare is $349 and lasts for two years. Although I have a laptop, I rarely take it out of the house. It gets pretty moderate use as my personal computer and for running ProTools LE with an Mbox. I've had no problems with it yet, and some of my friends who use Macs say although it's a gamble, they probably wouldn't go for it in my situation. I'd appreciate any further thoughts.

  • #2
    Yes. Don't even think about it, do it. It not only extends your warranty, but also extends your free phone support as well. One trip to a computer shop will be way more than the warranty costs. We got it for ours, and it saved our butts and we ended up with a dual 1Ghz after buying a dual 500Mhz due to a bumming mobo.

    Totally worth it. However if you are in your 12th month of ownership, it's too late, you yave 11 months from purchase date to buy the optional applecare.

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    • #3
      Yes.

      I have used mine plenty of times already, and they were essential in solving many of my computer problems.

      It's definitely worth it.

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      • #4
        Well, I bought it for my dual 1.XX Powermac, and I've never needed it! I guess that is a good thing, though.

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        • #5
          Some older family members of mine were in the insurance business. Nothing like selling fear to make money.

          Basically it goes this way, if you have the money and need the peace of mind, get it. If you are just scared and do not have the money, well, you don't have the money so you don't have a choice.

          However, the most important thing is to THINK ABOUT IT. Being advised to not think about something and "just do it" is never good advice.

          Normally I have the option of giving someone the advice to wait out the year and save a little money in that time. Obviously that is not the case here. So, I will ask the alternate question. Does you home insurance cover it? Business insurance? Think Different. Do not just let the corporate bullies sell you "protection" without questioning it or looking for an alternative. Weigh your options carefully, do not just drop the cash out of fear.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by where02190
            Totally worth it. However if you are in your 12th month of ownership, it's too late, you yave 11 months from purchase date to buy the optional applecare.


            TO THE POSTER: As I am sure you already know, where90210 is wrong. You can purchase AppleCare as long as your machine is within its one year warranty. Here is the link to the document stating that: http://store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/AppleCareProtPlanFacts.pdf
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            • #7
              Originally posted by lipids


              TO THE POSTER: As I am sure you already know, where90210 is wrong. You can purchase AppleCare as long as your machine is within its one year warranty. Here is the link to the document stating that: http://store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/AppleCareProtPlanFacts.pdf


              Talk to Apple, their sales will tell you 11 months.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by where02190


                Talk to Apple, their sales will tell you 11 months.


                Can you not read? Just curious. You trust your memory and the word of a rep over an actual document drafted by Apple. Hell, I don;t even know why I am defending it, there is no argument.
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                • #9
                  Yes I can read and I can also communicate, like with Apple, which I did just recently, and the deal is still the same, you have 11 months from date of sale to purchase Applecare on new Apple products. The info on the link you provided is NOT correct.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by where02190
                    Yes I can read and I can also communicate, like with Apple, which I did just recently, and the deal is still the same, you have 11 months from date of sale to purchase Applecare on new Apple products. The info on the link you provided is NOT correct.


                    I will be the first to admit I am stubborn, but I am also the first to admit when I am wrong about something.

                    I really do not know why I waste my time with you. One of the reasons, which I have stated before, you not only spread false information, but you do it with an air of superiority. Get off you ****************ing high horse and read the god damn documentation. It comes from Apples site. It has always been there. Here is a whole section dedicated to Applecare information for you to ****************ing choke on.

                    http://www.apple.com/support/products/
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                    • #11
                      Better yet readers, simply call Apple on their free 800 number and ask them yourselves and they will tell you you have 11, not 12 months from date of purchase to extend your warrantee with Applecare.

                      It's easy, it's free, and it's proof positive.

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                      • #12
                        Thanks for all the responses - I appreciate the info!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Karma1
                          Thanks for all the responses - I appreciate the info!


                          Did you get the Applecare?
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                          • #14
                            Sorry for the delayed response - no, I decided not to get it.

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                            • #15
                              Check in with us when you need to take your under 3 yr old computer (which, had you gotten applecare would still be completely covered) in for repair that costs about double the cost of applecare , or when you need some support that, since you opted not to spend the $$, you can no longer get after 90 days without paying, so we can make fun of you, ok?

                              Seriously, I hope you don't have issues, and it pays off, but the odds are pretty against you.

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