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Ever use your AppleCare for repair of your laptop?

 
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CaliforniaMini
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PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2009 5:07 pm    Post subject: Ever use your AppleCare for repair of your laptop? Reply with quote

I'm about a month from the end of the 1 year warranty on my BlackBook. When I got it, I planned to eventually get AppleCare. If I do, I'll score it on eBay for less. But, now that its time, I'm questioning if I should do without it. I know its a good thing to have on portables, but wonder if I'd need it. I'm careful with my machines and don't beat on them or abuse them.
I got AppleCare on my PowerBook and 1st Mini, and never used either. I never use their phone support, for the minimal troubleshooting I need to do, I find the information I need online. Sure, its a coin toss whether I'd need the repair service. But knowing my luck, if I buy AppleCare, I wont need it. And if I don't get it, I will need it. So, if you've used AppleCare for repair of your laptop, specifically what was it for?

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PostPosted: Wed May 20, 2009 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm on my 4th laptop in a little over 12 years now. I've never purchased or had need of Applecare. End up buy a battery every few years or a new power adapter as I the original gets shredded. Every few months I even boot up the old ones every 6 months or so and they still run like champs... slow arthritic champs.

Pretty happy so far with the 2009 MBP.

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first Apple laptop I owned was one of those silver PowerBooks. It did break. They had to change the motherboard. That part would have cost $1000 itself alone, not counting labour, if I had to pay for it. I was happy I had AppleCare.

I currently own a white 13" MacBook, but that one never needed repair yet. I do have AppleCare on it though.

Personally, if there is one thing on which I recommend taking an extended warranty on, it's laptops. But like you said, it's like any other kind of insurance: you might pay for it for your entire life, but end up never having to use it. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 2:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Screens and logic boards are really expensive for Apple notebooks ($700+), so that's why I have AppleCare on my various machines.

The other parts aren't as expensive though - HDs, RAM, optical drives, power adapters and batteries are all relatively inexpensive.

My last MacBook Pro had a ton of warranty repairs - 2 logic boards, optical drive, hard drive, display inverter, 2 batteries, and a power supply. So many repairs, that when it needed another display inverter and/or a logic board, Apple asked if I'd like a replacement unit instead of repairing this one, and I took them up on it.

Conversely, the MacBook, iBooks, and PowerBook G4 12" that I owned previously never needed a single repair.
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