Originally Posted by mamabear
Apple product is great but not great for me. The bad thing about Apple product is that if their product is between 2 to 6yrs old and you end up having minor issues with laptop or desktop or Ipad etc. They may not be able to repair them for you. After your warranty has expires you are on your own finding the parts for their products. If they happen to have your part they will charge you a fortune to repair it. As an apple customer I'm disappointed that they NO LONGER CARRY PARTS FOR MY MACBOOK PRO instead they offered for me to buy a new one for over $1000 which i refused to. They did recommend me to seek help from third party companies like Catcom Computers Inc and Micro Center. Its not 100% that they may carry your parts. So, right off the bat purchasing any Apple product can leave you disappointed after a couple of years. I have the very first Macbook pro and I absolutely love it. After 7yrs of great service and still is working perfect its finally giving minor problems with the charging area. Since my laptop is "VINTAGE" Apple no longer carry its parts. The third party companies are selling Apple product parts for a lot of money but with good Googling skills you might find some parts fairly cheap. The worst part is when you find it yourself you have to either go back to Apple store and beg them to fix it and charge you over a $100 with your own parts that you took to them to fix it for you
The problem you're having is not unique to Apple products. I experienced the very same thing with an IBM ThinkPad that I bought back in 2004 or so. Just after (and I do mean JUST after) it went off warranty, I began experiencing motherboard issues. It was going to cost a fortune to fix it out of my pocket. So I forgot about it and bought a cheap laptop to supplement the one my employer was already providing... plus I had a couple of desktops in my home-office. But during some downtime (probably two years after it had died), that bricked IBM began to bother me. So I finally found a shop that could get the part and fix it. But as luck would have it, the ThinkPad configuration that I got apparently required some sort of unique motherboard - and the one the shop got wouldn't fit. So it still sets silently on a shelf in my office. I'm hard headed and I just refuse to throw it away. But it hasn't been worth fixing for at least 5 years.
I'm not a computer expert and I didn't stay in a Holiday Express last night, so take my free advice as maybe just being worth what it cost (nothing): once a computer reaches a certain age, as much as you might like it, any money you put into it will provide diminishing returns. If I read your comments correctly, your MacBook Pro is 7 years old, right? A shop is going to charge you a set hourly rate whether you get the parts or they do... whether it's an Apple, HP or Dell. If you're determined, you could always get a donor computer off Ebay and get the parts cheaper that way... then sell what's left of the computer piece by piece and maybe come out even or ahead after the labor. But at the end of the day, you'll still just have a well functioning, though obsolete, computer. No offense intended, but I just can't see this as anything to do with Apple any more than any other brand.