Applecare is WORTH IT. I got my 15" MacBook Pro in 2007. Around early 2010, it started randomly shutting down. I took it in and had the battery replaced for free (because I was nice to/flirted with the dude, it wasn't covered under warranty), had the motherboard looked at, and something else done. When the random shutdowns didn't stop, Apple replaced my old laptop with a brand new 2010 pro and transferred everything from my old laptop. If I had not been covered under AppleCare, I would have had to replace it out of pocket and I would've been out ~$3000. That, plus the peace of mind, makes the $250 AppleCare WAY worth it for me, although it was about $400 in 2010. Still worth it though.