Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2012 1:50 AM (in response to Charles2Cool)
I always buy AppleCare - and am particularly adamant about buying it for notebook computers. Yes, it is pricey, but it has saved me, over the years, thousands of dollars. I even bought AppleCare for my new Apple Thunderbolt Display and displays are usually 'good' for at least five years.
I bought my late 2011 in March of this year and bought AppleCare with it - you've just a few more months to decide whether or not you want to buy it. There are two main benefits to me: a full three years of phone support and peace of mind. It's not so much a question of good design and high quality - things can and do go wrong with the machine sometimes. Not because it didn't pass QC but simply because of one or more bad components... even stuff that won't show up until after you've had your computer for a few years.
That's just my take - I always buy AppleCare. And I usually upgrade my machines when my AppleCare has expired... so I'll be looking to sell this on in March of 2015!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2012 6:40 AM (in response to Charles2Cool)
Apple makes a profit from AppleCare; otherwise it wouldn't offer the service. On average, buyers lose money on it.
If you choose to buy AppleCare, don't buy it at the same time as the Mac, and don't buy it from Apple. Get it from a reputable discounter such as LA Computer anytime before the 1-year factory warranty expires.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 17, 2012 6:42 AM (in response to Charles2Cool)
AppleCare is very much worth it if your computer has a problem after its usual warranty is up.
AppleCare isn't worth it if your computer doesn't have a problem after its usual warranty is up.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2012 5:11 PM (in response to Charles2Cool)
Thanks Clinton / Linc Davis.
Based on your opinion and view of Apple Care Protection, I just went to purchase one today. Got it for 20% less than the retail price advertised on the Apple website.
For your info, Apple has changed their policy in Australia on the purchase of Apple Care Protection for MacBook but not sure about the rest of the world or other products like iPads, etc. Apple authorised resellers and premium resellers in Australia are no longer able to sell Apple Care Protection by itself. Customers will need to buy Apple Care Protection together with their MacBook at the same time. Alternatively, if they want to buy Apple Care Protection by itself, they will need to purchase it online via the Apple store. This means that customers will need to buy it at the full retail price. Customers will no longer be able to shop around for discounted Apple Care Protection once the current stocks are sold out at all the Apple authorised resellers and premium resellers.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 18, 2012 5:28 PM (in response to Charles2Cool)
LA Computer is still selling AppleCare in the U.S. for current model Macs. The markdown is about 30%. I see no mention of a change in policy.