Top positive review
Have purchased 2 now with no problems.
on December 29, 2012
UPDATE: I used this for a couple of months without a problem so I got a second. Also no problems so far, so I'm adding a star. Original review follows....
I received my product in two days via Amazon Prime, so can't complain about the delivery as others have. On opening the box I found the product wrapped in a clear film... NOT the diecut static film that Apple uses but something much more sticky and hard to get off. So, if I am to assume these are new and not refurbished or demo chargers, I have to believe the liquidator either removed the Apple film or received them without film then applied their own sticky static film.
I plugged it into my existing wall cord (the unit comes with the square adapter and the cord to the computer and a plug-in stub, but NOT the long extension wall cord) and it worked. So far so good. Since these chargers are so prone to failure the question is how long will it last before it craps out.
I think it's ridiculous that Apple's chargers fail so often (how many other chargers and AC adaptors do you have for other products that do that?) and it's outrageous to pay $80 to Apple for a new unit. But $35 (what I paid) seems a bit high for what I got, especially if it truly is refurbished. I do like the fact it doesn't come with the wall cord since I have a drawer full of those from other chargers that have failed.
By the way, if your charger fails and you're close to an Apple store, it's worth stopping at the Genius to see if they will replace it for free. Sometimes they have surprised me.