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Sticking it Back to Apple

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by CowboyMcCoy, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    So...

    I'm not a fan of Apple's prices and their customer service, but I like their laptops and OS. They do everything I want them to do.

    I'm also of the mind that customers have to be savvy.

    By no means, men, is this a true story. What you are about to read below is fiction. But your [fictional] advice is appreciated.

    So back in May of 2011 I dropped my computer. All parts were in tact other than the side and the piece that bent my logic board (aka Apple's overpriced mother board).

    They quoted me over $800 for a new logic board. I reluctantly agreed.

    They somehow got the wrong address and by the time they got it to my doorstep, it was a month later than when I shipped it off.

    It didn't cost me anything, 'cept money from not having a computer. Theoretically, this could be an arbitrary amount of money but we'll get back to that. Yet I still had to strong-arm them into not charging me anything at all--after a month. 'Twas a month because Fed Ex kept shipping it to my neighbors address and that was absolutely not my address.

    *Cough*

    Of course, I'd never think about giving them the wrong address or one to my neighbors..... Yet I argued to the customer relations rep that they were in charge of how quickly it was shipped because, after all, it's their courier.

    *Fast Forward to now*

    I woke up and my computer wouldn't turn on. The logic board was the Apple Reps best guess down at the Apple store. "What?", I ask. Another 800 buckaroos?

    *Holds Breath*

    The rep says, "That'll be two-hundred and eighty dollars."

    *Sigh*

    But still, money is tight and I don't want to pay again to have them ship it. Plus, it's $280 bucks I could use for something else. So now, after I talked to them in circles for 2 hours before closing time, keeping them past their hours (when they all want to go home), I ramble on for hours about so many reasons why having to pay wasn't the right option for me as a customer.

    This rep was good; it took him 2 hours to finally bow out and get a manager.

    So now, they're offering to pay a mysterious amount of money... I'm hoping all, but the rep and I haven't discussed how much.

    I'm just supposed to take it to get fixed at a mac service provider, which is fine with me.

    They say if it doesn't have water damage, which it doesn't to my knowledge, then they'll agree to less than $280..I'm hoping $0, obviously.

    So, to the crux of this story. What would your advice be at this point, given this fictional account of events?
  2. BrAinPaiNt

    BrAinPaiNt Bad Santa Staff Member

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    I would say that next time you should be a little more careful and not drop your computer and not give them an improper address on purpose. I am not saying the customer service is without blame but it sounds like you are partially responsible as well.
  3. Jenky

    Jenky Well-Known Member

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    Get Applecare :D

    Is this a Macbook air or something? If I dropped my Macbook pro, I don't think the aluminum would bend inwards, causing damage to any of the parts.

    But if it's something as fragile as a Macbook air, I would have definitely considered Applecare.
  4. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    I should have gotten Applecare. I did not. However, I have bought 3 macbooks in 4 years....

    I just found out, an hour ago, that the CS manager agreed to cover the cost. Here, we have a win-win situation. I'll probably buy another mac in the future, as well as Applecare.

    Apple +1
    CowboyMcCoy +1

    Everybody wins here.

    Hey, to my defense, I dropped it chasing my Jack Russell into the road and kept his fuzzy butt from getting ran over by a truck. :)

    Shame on me for pulling the logistics trick.

    Some will understand why I took this approach. Some won't.

    For overly-savvy consumers, I think this bodes well for Apple.

    They're covering the cost. I, in return, stay a loyal customer.
  5. the kid 05

    the kid 05 Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds

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    buy a dell laptop and throw osx on it.
  6. CowboyMcCoy

    CowboyMcCoy Business is a Boomin

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    I probably would have. They asked me who I thought had better customer service. I said, "Dell". The only problem is the machine had a soda spill on it, which I did not know about honestly. It turns out that costs $800. But it also turns out that Apple is going to give me a once in a life time free of charge repair for $800 worth of work.

    +2 for Apple. That's indeed better than Dell.
  7. trickblue

    trickblue Old Testament... Zone Supporter

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    I have a Macbook and a Macbook Pro... Macbook is over 4 years old and still going strong... Pro is 1.5 years old and running great...

    I am on my fifth Dell in four years... all because of quality issues...

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