While I was in Las Vegas last week, my laptop battery died. Not in the "needs to be recharged" way. In the "you unplug it, it dies" way.
I grudgingly got online to find a replacement battery and then almost died when they were around $120.
But . . . but that was 20% of the original cost of my laptop (I bought a refurbished one. My brother was horrified to hear this, probably imagining that it came from someone who, like me, ate all manner of messy foods over the keyboard. I assured him it was pristine and lovely when I bought it (now? not pristine and lovely, but oh so beloved)).
I decided that maybe I would not buy the battery through Apple after all. . .perhaps I would google for a cheaper place to buy it.
Hmm, okay "ibook G4 battery."
Google thinks for one second and then pops up the first result: "Battery Exchange Program iBook G4."
Why, what? Does that say that some batteries for iBooks have been recalled? Because six people had their batteries melt their computers or some such disaster? Well.
Hmm, too bad this was in 2005. Oh well, my laptop is old. Maybe it qualifies. Might as well check.
Serial number . . . check. Battery number. . . check.
I'm qualified? My new FREE battery will be here next week?
And that is why I now have both a new battery with a life of 3.5 hours AND $120 still tucked snugly into my checking account.
Ah, a dead battery has never been so sweet.