Had to add my two cents: I bought my Macbook Pro in 2007 and got the Apple Care. I had to replace the battery twice in the first two years, which was done with absolutely no hassle whatsoever at the Apple Store. Then in 2010, I foolishly brought my computer with me to camp in 110+ degree humid weather with no Air Conditioning and then treated it... not very well. Long story short, it kernel panicked out the butt. I took it to the authorized Apple repair place in town and got a new motherboard, optical drive, and some other junk. THEN the repair job didn't clear out the dust build up (I'm not sure on the details, just remembering bits the Genius told me) and everything failed, and Apple replaced all of that again. For absolutely nothing. So yes, that was definitely worth the $250.