Purchase a Mac (or anything else) at Best Buy and you can opt for a two-year Geek Squad Black Tie Protection plan, which costs exactly the same as an AppleCare plan to cover you for the same product. Interestingly, the Best Buy plan does cover things like power surges and humidity, but there's a serious catch that I'm sure goes unnoticed by the majority of folks who purchase this plan. Read the fine print and you'll find that the first year of your Best Buy coverage overlaps with the built-in one-year warranty you're already getting from the manufacturer. Anything that goes wrong with your purchase in that year is the responsibility of the manufacturer and not Best Buy. That means you're paying for a full year of absolutely nothing! It also means, in the case of an Apple purchase, that you're out of luck regarding any heat-, humidity- and surge-related problems that occur in the first year since Apple's one-year warranty doesn't cover them. If you're good at math, you've realized by now that Best Buy's plan is not in fact the same price as AppleCare, but double.