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I bought a macbook a while ago, and still haven't decided on purchasing Apple Care. I am student, so its hard to let go of almost$300. Do you guys think that its a good idea to get the warranty or not.

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You might want to read up on my article (in the siggy I think). In any case, hit eBay as you should get a really good deal there. Almost everyone I know who has bought it from eBay has had no issues at all. You can get it for around $140 or so...
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Okay, here it is.
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Yes, yes, and yes! I know an outlay of $249.00 for a college student may seem like a lot of $$ considering how much the initial cost of the machine was.

But if you think about how much it would cost to replace a logic board, display, hard drive, optical drive, or another major component, applecare is a bargain.

Plus the great service you receive for two additional years including phone support is well worth the price. My opinion of course, but I think you'll find the majority of folks that post here will agree.

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Yes, yes, and yes! I know an outlay of $249.00 for a college student may seem like a lot of $$ considering how much the initial cost of the machine was.

But if you think about how much it would cost to replace a logic board, display, hard drive, optical drive, or another major component, applecare is a bargain.

Plus the great service you receive for two additional years including phone support is well worth the price. My opinion of course, but I think you'll find the majority of folks that post here will agree.

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lol..i knew you guys would convince me on buying it. To think of it, it makes sense to have insurance on such a hefty purchase.

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You might want to read up on my article (in the siggy I think). In any case, hit eBay as you should get a really good deal there. Almost everyone I know who has bought it from eBay has had no issues at all. You can get it for around $140 or so...
I tried searching ebay but the prices weren't that different. Can you recommend me the store where you bought it? Thanks
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Unfortunately, I bought mine from the store. Didn't know about eBay. Anyway, here's some relatively 'safe' links. $160 is the lowest I could find aside from the bidding.

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If you are not into eBay for some reason, then you could also try some online retailers. Megamacs has it on sale for $200.

In other words, get that AppleCare!
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I got mine on Ebay for 129.00 for a macbook.
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And another vote for Apple Care. You WILL need it!
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you can buy apple care on the apple website for 183 with student discount.
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I agree that you should definitely have a warranty. A warranty is an investment, but having one will let you relax about your other (considerably larger) investment: your Mac.

Of course, I've never owned a Mac so I've never had any experiences with Apple Care. I am about to get my first Mac, probably a MacBook Pro, but I am waiting for the impending refresh. I fully intend to purchase Apple Care.

Here's a related issue I'm curious about: Does anyone here have experience with other warranty plans that provide coverage for accidental damage?

MacMall sells another 3-year plan through a company called Service Net for the same price as Apple Care (with the student discount). This plan claims to include accidental damage coverage, but I cannot find much information about their services. So far all I've found is the company's website.

I'm keen on Apple Care because of the ease of service. From what I've heard, dealing with Apple seems to be a pleasurable experience, even for repairs and the like. However, accidental damage coverage for the same price seems like it could be a better option.

Anyone heard of Service Net before?

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Have never heard of them but here's something that's even better:

Laptop, Desktop, Tablet PC and PDA/Smartphone insurance from Safeware Insurance Agency, Inc.

Not only do they provide insurance against theft, but also cover accidental damage such as spills, falls, drops, step on, etc.

It's not a replacement for apple care (nothing is, in my opinion) but very necessary especially for a student away from home.

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This topic has been discussed before. The bottom line is that everyone on Mac forums agree that AppleCare is a good idea.


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As other people have suggested while Applecare isn't cheap it's worth it. Some have said they haven't had experience with Applecare, but I have. All calls are handled in America, the people are knowledgeable and courteous. They are friendly and make you feel good about calling them. They don't give you the run around. If they can't fix your problem over the phone they will give you an address and business listing where you can take it to be fixed. I've been very satisfied with Applecare and Apple in general. I would very much urge you to get Applecare.

Other btw have mentioned that Apple parts are expensive and it's true. Apple products are made well but when you USE things they get worn. Apple lasts for a long time but it only takes one thing to go wrong and you'll be spending more then you would for applecare.
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