Sometimes I think I’m charged with negative ions.

In what seems like a string of unimaginable coincidences, in the past several weeks I have spent the better part of a month’s salary on not-so-extravagant electronic items, only to have them die at their pulse-driven cores: zero by one by one.

1) Failed 2009 MacBook Pro RAM upgrade: $150 +/- 12 hours of my time

2) Failed 2003 Ford Focus: $850 +/- untold pain and suffering

3) Failed 2011 MacBook Pro (battery? logic board? They’re a little fuzzy on what they’ll be replacing.): $2,200 +/- 36 hours of my time

I thought it was bad when the Focus’ main computer gave out after we’d just ponied up for new brakes and a clutch, so you can forgive me for wanting to crush glass when my brand-new refurb MacBook Pro suddenly stopped charging in the middle of my workday. I mean, I LITERALLY spent two whole days configuring the machine – reinstalling software, repartitioning hard drives, restoring from backups – not exactly the fun time one wants to have on any given Friday. I’ve invested a lot. Which is why I almost strangled the Apple “Genius” at the bar when he said to me, blithely,

“Well, you have 14 days to return it, if you’d like.”

Um, no DUDE, I do NOT want to RETURN the computer. What I WANT is for the computer to WORK.

Which, I think, is exactly what came out of my mouth.

But now, I’m thinking. Does this mean that the computer’s a lemon? Ought I to cut losses, return the beast, and go back to square one? More research? More time? ANOTHER three days spent repartitioning hard drives? Internet, I’m confused. I need help. Please guide me.

2 responses to “Sometimes I think I’m charged with negative ions.”

  1. If it were me and I’d just picked up a new, or refurbished, computer and then it died within days – I’d return it, no question. I would not feel comfortable trusting it with my data and I’d always be paranoid that it would die again. *Especially* a refurb. That means it probably died once before and was returned under warranty and was then refurbished and resold. If it died *again*, after supposedly being refurbished, I’d be seriously concerned that it had some kind of systemic problem and was just going to die again – and next time possibly out of warranty.

    My stance is that you should return it and get another one instead.


  2. Yeah, if it’s a refurb, just return it and try again later for another one.

    I had something similar happen when I tried to get a schmancy new Tom-Tom. Nothing inherently was wrong with my old one, but it doesn’t know where I live (because it is that out of date) and as far as I can tell cannot be updated any more. But it’s old as hell, and the new ones have google and yelp built in, and it’s free for a year, so I figured I’d have a go at that.

    After $200 and a week the thing froze up permanently. I considered replacing it, but instead just returned it. I still have old faithful velcroed to my dashboard because you can’t buy new dash mounts for it any more and the suction cup long since gave up.

    I say when fate hands you a lemon, throw it right back.


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