Apple education store ships CTO macbook air slower (3-5 days)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nanotlj, Nov 3, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    1-3 days for CTO macbook air for regular purchase.
    When I choose the education store, the shipping window for the same CTO air jumps to 3-5 days. That is not cool for a $50 discount on $1000+ purchase.
  2. macrumors regular

    May 2, 2007
    San Jose, CA
    I actually had a different experience. I got my Ultimate 13" 2 days earlier!
  3. macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    I went through the same experience when I ordered my maxed out BTO MBA with edu discount. In the end I found the same machine at my local Apple Store. Picked that one instead and I returned the BTO model once it arrived. Oh well.
  4. macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    I suggest buying MBA from Amazon or other websites because that 50 dollars discount is just ridiculous. Unless you live in a state that doesn't get charged by tax, you can save more money with 3rd party retailers.
  5. macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    I called them up and asked why. She was confused too and gave me a $70 discount in addition to the $50 educational discount.
  6. macrumors G4

    Oct 14, 2005
    Did she say why? I'd imagine that they'd want the opportunity to verify that the purchaser is properly qualified to buy, thus the extra two days.
  7. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    I do not believe this is the case for verification. If you purchase a base model, then both regular and educational orders have the same 24 hr shipping window. I called and they did offer to upgrade my shipping to 2-3 days. However the delivery window still shows Nov 8 to 15, exactly the same as standard delivery.
    Too bad no apple stores in small college town.

  8. macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2006
    I ordered CTO edu discount. I noticed the 3-5 day ship time compared to the 1-3 for non-edu purchases as well. My 11" was prepped to ship on the 3rd business day and arrived just as fast as everyone elses. I don't think it really matters.
  9. JCT
    macrumors 6502

    Jan 5, 2004
    Tucson, AZ
    It used to be much worse.. when I ordered the original Rev A MBA right after they were released my order was *repeatedly* pushed back while non-EDU orders were being filled. I finally called my Apple rep and she gave me this nonsensical, useless answer. So I finally emailed steve jobs to complain (why not?) Not only did he answer me -- said this didn't "sound right", but my hapless rep called the next day to tell me that (what a surprise) my machine was being expedited.

    Still using it almost 3 years later, but my new 11.6" arrives tomorrow. Ordered on the 28th, delivered on the 4th. But it did sit in Kentucky for 36 hours :mad:

  10. macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    Aww man, I wish I read this thread BEFORE ordering my air earlier. Oh well, now I guess I'll be playing the waiting game. Booo!!!
  11. macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2010
    Not necessarily the case. It said 3-5 days for my EDU order as well. I ordered on a Sunday and it shipped out on Tuesday. It missed the flight in Alaska. If it would have made that flight like most others did, it would have been 5 days from order to delivery. Instead it came on Monday. Not a huge deal.
  12. macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2010
    took a week in total, totally worth saving $70
  13. macrumors member

    Oct 23, 2010
    Mine took 5 business days from order to delivery.

    I ordered on a Sunday it said 3-5 days shipping. It shipped early Wednesday morning and I had it Friday afternoon.

    Very fast turn around. Been using it for almost a week (secondary computer) and I think it's great. I'll use it tomorrow for my presentation, finally get to leave my heavy white MacBook home.

  14. macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2010
    I ordered mine (13", 4GB of ram, 128 ssd) this past Sunday 10/31. It said "ships in 3-5 business days".. It left Shanghai this past Tuesday 11/2, was in Alaska yesterday 11/3, and was delivered to me in NYC today 11/4.

    Thank you FedEx :D
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2010
    Those are awesome delivery speeds. I'm hoping mine will speedy as well. I'm not too far from you, Philadelphia. *crosses fingers*

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