AppleCare is a great investment on any Mac, especially on a MacBook. But peace of mind comes at a price and the Apple Store’s isn’t cheap.
My one year manufacturer warranty nearly up, I recently realized that I wasn’t ready to let my MacBook Pro go naked for the next 2 years. I take it everywhere and since AppleCare had served me so well on my previous PowerBook G4, I knew wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I sat idly as my warranty expiration date slipped by. Until I saw the price, 350€ (about $500 USD)! *Gulp* I knew it would be expensive but it seemed as though I had paid a lot less for it the last time. Unfortunately for me, that’s because I bought my previous Mac when I was a student, a title I no longer carried.
About two days before game-over, I was talking to a colleague and fellow Mac user about what I would inevitably have to do. That’s when he tells me: “Dude, just get it on eBay. You’ll get it for like half the price.” He then went on to tell me that he had bought his AC from eBay for his MBP, speaking about it as if it was as easy as pie. “You buy it and they send you the AppleCare number by email. All you have to do after that is go to the Apple site and register it to your product. Piece of cake.”
I didn’t quite believe it at first thinking he may have been exaggerating but quite to the contrary, and my surprise, you can buy AppleCare on eBay for about 50% less of the Apple Store retail price! I looked and hesitated for a while but found one Power Seller with 100% feedback. Since I had already spoke with Apple on the phone, I knew I only had only 48 hours left to purchase and register my warranty. I sent a message to ameenterprises asking if I would receive the AppleCare reference number in time. In about 30 minutes I had a reply from a gentleman named Adam telling me to email him directly when I bought it and he would make sure I get it before the of my warranty.
So with much hesitation, I clicked the Buy Now button and paid $166 USD for my AppleCare. Within a day, Adam had emailed me back with my registration number and the steps needed to link the service plan to my MacBook, which took about 5 minutes! Within 10 minutes, I had a email from Apple confirming my MacBook Pro would be covered for an additional two years!
So if you’re hesitating about buying Apple Care on eBay, don’t. It’s simple, it’s quick and you’ll save a bunch of money. But don’t get it from anyone. Adam from AME Enterprises is your man. Check out his listings, I’m sure you’ll find what your looking for. And tell him I sent ya.