I’m the sort of bargain-minded person who generally scoffs at extended warranties. “Don’t buy something that’s going to need it!” I’ll grumble, while telling those kids to get out of my yard. For things like cars, washing machines, etc., I definitely feel like you should research your purchase and be able to find something which doesn’t have a decent chance of breaking early on in its life cycle.
Laptop computers, on the other hand, need extended warranties. Not because they’re no good, but because—if you’re anything like me—we’re talking about a machine that gets moved around, banged here and there, and is important. Extended warranty for a laptop? Yes, please.
I have AppleCare for my MacBook, and it’s been worth every penny I paid. They replaced my hard drive when I had a catastrophic failure (remember that? good times), and recently replaced my keyboard, too. No hassle, no fuss. Love. Have a MacBook but didn’t buy AppleCare? If you’re still in the first year, you can go buy AppleCare from Amazon for 25% off. It extends your warranty to 3 years, by which time you too will likely come to love the magic-makers at your local Genius Bar. Just sayin’.