4097 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Jun 13, 2010 1:48 PM by Obsolon
" We charge a non-refundable fee of $250+tax for cleaning the computer and determining the extent of the spill damage. "
These guys basically charge you $250 for cleaning the parts and telling you the board is dead. Then they'll charge you again for fixing it. I found a few people on ebay who do it (fix the board for $250, and if they can't do it, give you your money back), but I'm just not very found of sending my computer in the mail.
You don't have to like what Tekserve does or what they charge for it, but they're good at it. The fly-by-nighters who promise to fix whatever ails your MBP for $250 or you pay nothing quite obviously can't be doing everything that is necessary to fix a bad spill. So either they cut corners and pretend to have done what was necessary, or they don't get paid at all. Which do you suspect happens more often?
I totally agree, but my point is just that the computer is 2 years old, and paying a lot to get it fixed is not logical to me. All I want is to get the computer working again so that someone else can enjoy it (thinking of giving it to my sister), without paying too much (and knowing that I've got nothing to lose since I had backup files).
If I were your sister, I don't know how enchanted I'd be about the prospect of being given a half-repaired, maybe-repaired, or maybe-unrepaired computer. You may not have anything to lose, but does she?
Why not get the job done right or give the computer to someone who's willing to do so? Your sister might be glad to pay $300, $500 or $700 to have it repaired properly the first time and have a computer she can count on, instead of one that she'll always have to wonder about and that may die at any moment on her.
If you do an eBay search for "MacBook spill" you find all those $200 deals.
Basically you win the auction and then send them the product. As someone who fixes and repairs Mac, there are very few scenarios where a liquid damaged logic board can be recovered and restored to it's full capacity prior to the spill. There are so many factors involved that rarely (if ever) will I go on record with a user and tell them that I can fix the problem.
I agree with eww, the peace of mind of getting it fixed (even if it costs more) is worth it's weight in the long term.