Apple Care worth it??????

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in General Discussion edited January 2014
i am going to purchase a new powerbook shortly, and was wondering if the apple protection plan was worth the change.....?? <img src="graemlins/hmmm.gif" border="0" alt="[Hmmm]" />
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  • Reply 1 of 31
    paulpaul Posts: 5,278member
    im waiting to buy until the summer



    does applecare come with any software?
  • Reply 2 of 31
    fran441fran441 Posts: 3,715member
    Apple's support is AWFUL.



    I've had nothing but problems with AppleCare when it comes to my PowerBook G3.



    But as many problems I've had with my laptop with AppleCare, I can't even imagine how many problems I would have had if I had not purchased the AppleCare Protection Plan.



    So if you plan on owning this PowerBook for any length of time at all, buy the AppleCare.
  • Reply 3 of 31
    Me and Fran bought a Pismo at the same time. He with AC, me without.



    Today he still have it, I don´t. Thats how good it is.





    Or you could turn it around and say today I have a iBook 800 Combo while Fran STILL have his Pismo.



    [edit]Superdrive? I wish



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  • Reply 4 of 31
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    i wouldn't get it for a desktop because i should be able to fix most problems with that (since normally its SW related)



    but a laptop, i'd definatly get apple care, laptops are just more fragile



    i figure if there are any major HW problems apple will replace it for free like they did with the B&W G3 monitors
  • Reply 4 of 31
    kecksykecksy Posts: 1,002member
    [quote]Originally posted by Anders the White:

    <strong>Me and Fran bought a Pismo at the same time. He with AC, me without.



    Today he still have it, I don´t. Thats how good it is.





    Or you could turn it around and say today I have a iBook 800 SD while Fran STILL have his Pismo. </strong><hr></blockquote>





    I think you got the right idea. Don't waste your money on Apple Care. When your computer breaks, it's a good excuse to get that new model you've been drooling over.
  • Reply 6 of 31
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    [quote]Originally posted by Kecksy:

    <strong>





    I think you got the right idea. Don't waste your money on Apple Care. When your computer breaks, it's a good excuse to get that new model you've been drooling over. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    wow, u must be rich
  • Reply 7 of 31
    [quote]Originally posted by ast3r3x:

    <strong>



    wow, u must be rich</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Actually I did the math after sending my first post. My iBook costed me ?1850, the AC would have costed me ?340 and I got ?550 for the dysfunctional Pismo. All in all my new iBook costed me ?960 or just about half its price. Quite a good bargain. And this time I got a 4 year insurance for free.
  • Reply 8 of 31
    [quote]Originally posted by Anders the White:

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    Actually I did the math after sending my first post. My iBook costed me ?1850, the AC would have costed me ?340 and I got ?550 for the dysfunctional Pismo. All in all my new iBook costed me ?960 or just about half its price. Quite a good bargain. And this time I got a 4 year insurance for free. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Whatever. I had Apple Care for my iMac last year. The hardrive died 28 days after purchase. Fixed in 48 hours for nothing...by the reseller...not Apple. I think for laptops AC would be a good idea...only if you purchase the laptop from a reputable local reseller or if you have a local Apple store you can get it to...my 2 cents...if I didn't have the Apple Care...I would have been ****ed.
  • Reply 9 of 31
    objra10objra10 Posts: 679member
    if you're buying a laptop, get Apple Care. The display on a TiBook will cost you a grand alone to fix. And they are notorious about losing pixels after a while.
  • Reply 10 of 31
    ast3r3xast3r3x Posts: 5,012member
    [quote]Originally posted by Anders the White:

    <strong>



    Actually I did the math after sending my first post. My iBook costed me ?1850, the AC would have costed me ?340 and I got ?550 for the dysfunctional Pismo. All in all my new iBook costed me ?960 or just about half its price. Quite a good bargain. And this time I got a 4 year insurance for free. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    that was definatly odd, you replied to a reply i made to someone else



    ...i'm not saying its something you can't afford, but i'd rather not have to through around 1-2thousdand dollars if i can help it
  • Reply 11 of 31
    allenallen Posts: 84member
    Worth It? I have had a computer in for service for 2 weeks and Apple can't find the part needed to fix it. They will not offer to replace it , provide a loaner or say when they will ever repair it. I paid for AppleCare but it has been a waste in this case!!!!!!!
  • Reply 12 of 31
    pb g3pb g3 Posts: 95member
    Applecare and any stuff like that is ridiculous. I just payed $3000 for a computer, I shouldn't have to pay for you to fix it because it shouldn't be breaking in the first place.
  • Reply 13 of 31
    matsumatsu Posts: 6,558member
    I think AppleCare now costs way too much in Canada. For the price, coverage ought to be on-site/next day with telephone support for the whole time. Our Dell coverage (which for the same price as Apple gets us 4-5 years) includes plenty of excellent support and hassle free service. I colleague got a 17" LCD replaced for ONE, that's right ONE, dead pixel. Appel seems to be a real stickler for that, and just refuses to replace your screen unless it's practically peppered with bad pixels. Considerng how much more Apple charges, this is completely unacceptable.
  • Reply 14 of 31
    [quote]Originally posted by ast3r3x:

    <strong>



    that was definatly odd, you replied to a reply i made to someone else</strong><hr></blockquote>



    But he replied to something I wrote



    I think people might have misunderstood me. I´m not saying "Don´t buy AppleCare". I would recommend anyone buying a portable to do it.
  • Reply 15 of 31
    giaguaragiaguara Posts: 2,724member
    If you are buying a computer or a mobile phone in any European Union country, your computer has 24 months guarantee. That is 2 years. In Apple papers the guarantee is still written to be 12 months. That practise has been on e.g. in Italy since end of June 2002. As I bought my Mac after that, it's guarantee IS 24 months. Apple as company would break the law here if their guarantee was 12 months. Thus, if withing the 24 months [supposing i still have this mac] of the purchase of the Mac I will have any problems, I will send it to be prepared and Apple will have to pay [or they would risk a bigger case].



    I guess it'd be the time to change the text in the Macs sold in Europe. Having written 12 months when you are enabled to 24 is not legal either - the other day some consumers in the tv were complaining about that [about the mobile phones, not Macs. But Macs are applicable to that].
  • Reply 16 of 31
    4 a laptop, absolutly.

    4 a desktop, your call.
  • Reply 17 of 31
    ryukyuryukyu Posts: 448member
    [quote]Originally posted by Not Unlike Myself:

    <strong>4 a laptop, absolutly.

    4 a desktop, your call.</strong><hr></blockquote>

    I bought it for my desktop. They replaced the logic board and both processors when one of my processors died.

    Apparently when it went, it took the logic board with it.

    I don't know that you'd be able to fix that yourself very quickly because of access to the parts.
  • Reply 18 of 31
    At least they fixed it. My dual G4 tower has been in for repairs 2 weeks and Apple claims they can't find the needed part.
  • Reply 19 of 31
    With solid state electronics, they either work out of the box or fail shortly after. So Applecare is a waste. If it breaks, it will break during the warranty.
  • Reply 20 of 31
    giaguaragiaguara Posts: 2,724member
    ... which in Europe is - hooray - 24 months. And as it looks too much like i'll need a powerbook sooner than that, i think i choose a "no" for the applecare. If that was in any case to 3 years and i've got the right already to 2 - if it will break after the 1st year, it will do it before the end of the second.
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