broken iBook 500 dual USB latch

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
My venerable iBook, a daily commuter that is now approaching 2 years old, finally has had its first mechanical failure. The internal mechanism of the magnetic latch has broken, so the iBook will not stay closed. Anyone with experience with this type of repair? I haven't yet gone to the local Apple Store to get a quote, but I suspect any repair, even one as minor as this, can easily cost several hundred $. Perhaps the AppleCare program would have been a good investment.
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