It appears that my small claims action against Apple has reached its logical conclusion.
I went down to check the mail last night, and when I did, low-and-behold, Apple had mailed me a check for the full judgement amount.
I’ve read a lot of horror stories in the past couple of weeks about people winning judgments and then being stiffed, and I was worried that the same would happen to me, but Apple made good, and I do at least respect that.
Now, I’ve been asked about a hundred times if I am going to buy another Mac with the money, and the answer is no. That would make no sense, and I’m positive that Apple wants nothing to do with me as a customer. I do still have a 13″ MacBook Pro, and an iMac which is plugged into my amp as a Garageband head, but I’m not going to make any new purchases.
I’ve also received contact from people, including at least one tech site, who really want to buy my dead MacBook Pro. I guess it’s some kind of smoking gun. If it is confirmed beyond all doubt that the graphics chip, and only the graphics chip is bad, then a whole lot of people are going to demand refunds. That said, what a sad irony that my top-of-the-line 17″ MacBook Pro is worth more dead than alive.
I’m also still getting quite a bit of correspondence from people who really want a class-action to happen. Since class actions benefit the lawyers more than the class, I’ve urged many people to file their own suits, but those who have already paid to have their machine fixed are going to have problems since the defective hardware is no longer in their possession. Rock, meet hard place.
As you can imagine, attorneys have been offering advice, but I haven’t decided what to do yet. I would really like to see everyone made whole over this issue, but a $5 coupon from a class action would not meet that objective. Something like this will be lengthy, and it’s still just in the very early stages.
In any event, Apple paid, and this particular case is officially closed. Some of you were excited about the prospect of sheriffs invading the Apple Store to collect my judgement, but frankly, I was hoping for this outcome. The former would have made for great TV, but I just wanted to get this phase over with, and fortunately, so did Apple.