This is my main gripe with Apple's current laptop lineup. One of my business laptops is based in France with no local Apple Store. It suffered an almost total battery failure and was taken to the nearest authorised Apple repairer. In summary:For the 2015 model, according to iFixit, replacing the battery is incredibly difficult - 74 steps, 2-3 hours. Looks like you need to take the computer completely apart to get to the glued battery
1) €480 cost (just for the battery swap - the following was done free)
2) Three attempts to achieve a functioning machine over a period of 2.5 weeks
3) Two motherboards destroyed
4) One display destroyed
5) At least one top plate and keyboard replaced.
…for a swap that should cost a fraction of that and take an amateur 5 minutes to do.