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$710 to fix, is it worth it?

by Gracellent / January 21, 2006 1:05 AM PST

Hey all. I have a bit of a dilemma that is 100% the result of my stupidity. Late last June I made the switch over to Macs as I bought a $1200 14-inch iBook, with the free AppleCare Protection Plan (I'm a college student). However, a couple days ago I spilled Vitamin Water on my iBook. I know. I did everything I could to rescue it, like blowdrying and things like that. Nevertheless, it will no longer turn on. So I went to the nearest Apple store where they basically told me that I'd have to send it in to the technicians, for a fee of $710 since the AppleCare doesn't cover for my own wrongdoing. Damn. What about my hard drive? It would be wiped, unless I pay $150 for them to take it out beforehand.

Ironically this same thing has happened to quite a few friends of mine, with their own iBooks. We all go to school where we absolutely need to have a computer almost everyday - they all ended up buying new laptops immediately rather than sending them in. Is that would I should do? I mean, I'd have to pay more than half of what the iBook actually cost in order to fix it. Plus I'd be losing an indefinite amount of time waiting for it to be fixed, but my classes and schoolwork won't wait with me.

Any advice on what the best way to go would be? Thanks.

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easy safe bet
by Qosmio / January 21, 2006 3:58 AM PST

Buy a new make some money back sell your damged ibook ofcourse letting the potentila buyer know of the damage and cost to fix.get 300 bucs for it then apply it to the new spend a little more yet less time waiting for repair as well the unseen damage down the road.

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dont forget
by Qosmio / January 21, 2006 4:06 AM PST
In reply to: easy safe bet

sell as is and have that on paper.

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by Gracellent / January 21, 2006 10:40 AM PST
In reply to: dont forget

Thanks for the advice! I'm trying to turn this into a beneficial experience, so I'm going to take this opportunity to switch back to PCs. I miss 'em. I think I'm going to buy a Toshiba and like you said, just sell the iBook (although maybe to increase my chances of selling it, I may get it fixed).

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sell as is
by brucegf / January 22, 2006 6:58 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

unload it as is on ebay

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Try this first
by maximus1964 / March 5, 2006 5:17 PM PST

While your notebook is toast and the advice already given to you is right, try this.
If you have household insurance check your policy,it may cover accidental damage. I know, because I did the same thindg and thats how I got a new one. Check your policy or your parents. Also Toshiba makes some spill resistant keyboards, might be just the ticket for you.

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