Working for Apple, you will quickly realize that the products are in fact, not akin to the second coming of Jesus Christ but will break like any other mass produced cheap Chinese shit. So to keep the staff happy, you'd expect the discount to extend our warranties would be pretty reasonable right? Maybe even free? Wrong.
When you can easily pick up AppleCare on eBay for less than half price, it probably means some rich corporate prick at Apple, who has never considered APP because they get a new machine for free, is taking the piss.