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I have had my new aluminum macbook for about 2 months now and no apple care. With everything I buy, I treat with the most care but I have a problem trying to decide whether to get apple care or not. It is alot of money that I honestly do not want to spend. I would love some opinions on what you guys think about the investment and whether it is really needed.
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MacBook or MacBook Pro ~ Yes & Yes.
Desktops not so important.

MacBooks and MacBook Pros get a hard life how ever careful you are, Apple Care is a sensible option.

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Have a look on Ebay for Applecare. I got mine from there a lot cheaper than Apple.
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Give me a price you are willing to pay for AppleCare and I will give you a copy I have which I do not need (I have a MacBook Pro and someone bought me the MacBook version). Apple sells them for £195 and you can find them considerably cheaper on ebay so have a look around and then come to me with a price.
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I would definitely recommend the AppleCare. I have had things replaced under the plan which may or may not have been my fault *cough*. I have had issues with the superdrives, where they just stop being able to burn DVDs. I have no idea what the deal is. I did nothing to them. However, I accidentally had the computer drop from a height of about a foot onto a tile floor which totaled the HD, but there was no visible damage to the computer and they replaced that for me. My screen had become loose, so that it would shake a bit when I typed and they replaced that for me since tightening the screws didn't fix it. The wrist rest had become a TINY bit tarnished from the oils in my skin, and the replaced the topcover for me. They are awesome to work with and they take a great deal of pride in customer satisfaction. They want you to be happy with your ownership experience, and they go out of their way to keep you that way.

BTW, I'm on my third superdrive now. Has anyone else had issues with them?

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I have had my new aluminum macbook for about 2 months now and no apple care. With everything I buy, I treat with the most care but I have a problem trying to decide whether to get apple care or not. It is alot of money that I honestly do not want to spend. I would love some opinions on what you guys think about the investment and whether it is really needed.
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Yes you should have applecare..It's worth it

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Very please with Apple Care experience.

Plus you dont have to get it right now, you still have 10 months to get the money if the cost is an issue.

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I vote no on pretty much any extended warranty. It's a roll of the dice. But, the dice are loaded in their favor, not yours.

Thundermoon, had issue with my drive recently. Took a can of air and shot 3 quick bursts in various directions into it. Been working fine since. Worth a try anyway. (Recommend pulling power and battery first.)

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i got AppleCare on Amazon for a good price.
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If you bought in on a credit card you might want to call them and see if they have an extended warranty program (free usually). I buy everything on my AMEX as it doubles my warranty (I pay it off each month so it's a financially prudent way to double warranties and get cash back). My Macbook Pro now has one year Apple warranty and an additional year of warranty from AMEX. Via and Mastercard do something similar.
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Extended warranties are usually not a good deal especially with a solid product such as an Apple. The problem is that parts for anything Apple are god-awful expensive. It is a machine; it will break sometime. With my first Apple PowerBook, I ran thru three mother boards at $1,500 each. No charge on Apple Care. You can wait 11 months and 29 days to buy it though. Save up your pennies.
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I have owned three mac laptops and have had apple care on all of them. I also used it on all of them. None more that the macbook I have now. I have replaced the superdrive, track-pad, and the last one the bottom plastic case that cracked just under the hinge. Now apple usually does not cover plastics but with some phone work and some begging they covered it.

SO YES Apple Care
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I bought Applecare on my previous laptop, a PowerBook G4.

About a year after I bought it my niece decided to push it off the kitchen table, putting a dent in the corner but otherwise it was fine.

I used the laptop day and night for another 1.5 years and then the hard-drive failed.. still 6 months to go on the Applecare.

Apple said they would replace it, I described to them over the phone that the laptop had a dent, I even sent them a photo. They said they would still replace the drive for free.

They then called me back 10 days later saying they could not replace the drive for free as the dent suggested it was my fault. So I replaced the drive myself instead.

Now I can kind of see their point, which is why I pointed it out myself first. So while I agree that applecare should be more important on a laptop due to their fragility.. if the number one reason you are likely to need help is due to the thing getting knocked about or dropped.. and Apple won't repair anything they see which could possibly be connected to that.. actually why is Applecare any more valid for a Laptop than a Desktop?
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if the number one reason you are likely to need help is due to the thing getting knocked about or dropped.. and Apple won't repair anything they see which could possibly be connected to that.. actually why is Applecare any more valid for a Laptop than a Desktop?
Apple shouldn't be responsible for your careless way of treating your laptot, actually any warranty will cover that, except home inssurances or something like it.

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