9 quick steps to get your new Mac tax free and save money on AppleCare protection plans
Related Articles: What is AppleCare for Mac and what does it cover?AppleInsider for the month of July has teamed up with Manhattan-based Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama to give away 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plans (valued at $149 to $349) with the purchase of each Mac (which Adorama also discounts significantly), yielding the lowest prices for new Macs with AppleCare bundled that we've ever seen. Taking advantage of the offer is as simple as using the Adorama links in our Macs + AppleCare Price Guide, registering for Adorama's free VIP account so you can add the Mac with AppleCare bundle to your cart, then applying coupon code AP08072014 during the checkout process. This will deduct the cost of the AppleCare plan from the total and bring the cost of the bundle down to the prices you see advertised in the price guide. But for those who may hit a snag, or prefer to see the process visually beforehand, we've created this quick-step guide:
In this example we're selecting Apple's 15" MacBook Pro (Model ME293LL/A) that retails for $1,999 plus another $349 for the applicable 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan, for a total bundle price of $2,348. Adorama currently sell this model at a $150 instant discount, or $1849.
Step 2:You'll now find yourself on an Adorama's product page for the selected Mac with a 3-Year AppleCare Protection Plan included. The price on this page will be higher (by the cost of the AppleCare plan) than the price you just clicked on in our Price Guides. We'll fix that in a minute. Continue on by clicking the green "REGISTER FOR VIP" button (if you don't register, you won't be able to add the bundle to your cart -- it's free, tax 20 seconds, and gives you 30GB of Free Cloud Storage):
Step 3:Click the "Join" tab in the upper right-hand corner and then provide a name, email and password in the fields provided. When done, click the blue "JOIN" button to create your account. Note: This VIP account is a complimentary service offered by Adorama to its loyal customers and you will never be charged for it.
Step 4:You should now find yourself back on the Mac+AppleCare product page with access to add items to your cart. Now add the Mac + AppleCare bundle to your cart by clicking the green "ADD TO CART" button.
Step 5:Continue on to the Checkout process by clicking the green "CHECKOUT" button.
Then click a second green "Proceed to Checkout" button on the subsequent page: