Greg Hewgill (ghewgill) wrote,
Greg Hewgill

macbook update

The tech at the Apple repair place finally observed my computer suddenly shutting down when on battery, after a couple of days of it not doing so. So, they've ordered a new battery for me which should be in this week. Hopefully, that will fix the problem.

I also would like to buy AppleCare for my MacBook, because laptops are finicky and my first year is almost up. It costs NZ$479 from the Apple NZ store, or US$249 from the Apple US store. Now, US$249 is about NZ$320 at the current rate of exchange. A 50% markup is insane, especially for something that doesn't actually involve shipping any physical items. Can I buy AppleCare and pay for it in USD? Going through the Apple US store seems to get the web site all confused about address and phone number details for my credit card billing address (it wants US-formatted details).

This seems silly. I don't mind paying for hardware insurance, just not at insanely inflated rates.

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