Some iMac and Apple advice please :)

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  1. XIII macrumors 68040

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    Hia there. I have a few questions I want to ask about the iMac, and a few things I'd like confirmed, and I thought this would be the best place to put it... :)

    So, I'll start by telling you that I'll be getting an iMac when I go over to LA (soonish, dunno quite when, could be early next year) so i can save money on the UK price. I have decided that I will hopefully get the 17inch Superdrive, I probably can't stretch to the 20inch... I'll want to get the RAM up to 1GB, and I think the best way to do this is to order two 512's (no extra from the apple store BTO) to get the matched thingy, and this is my first question: Is it much cheaper to buy RAM from america, with sales tax? And, if I don't, will RAM from the UK work ok?

    Next, I heard you talking about educational discounts, and how apple doesn't really check - Is this so? Could my auntie (who I'm going to stay with) say that shes still ok for an edu discount and would they just give it without checking?

    Nearly finished! Will the rev B be out by the new year? Whats this rev likey to include? Cheaper prices? Better specs?

    How long will it take to get my order, no BTO's from the apple store?

    My next question is about the size and weight... As I'd have to take it back with me on the plane, what are the dimentions of the box, and the weight? Anything that won't for into a bag?

    And lastly, are there any immeadiate problems about me getting it from the US? Anything that simply won't be compatible over here? Is the voltage and power good for over here?

    Thanks in advance, I'm sure I've forgotten one of my questions, so I'll post it if I remember :) If you could answer any, or all :p of my questions, that would be great!

    Cheers

    Jack.
     
  2. emw macrumors G4

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    Good place to start, anyway ;)


    RAM from the UK should work fine - as long as you buy the right modules. However, I'd stay away from purchasing it from Apple since it's so expensive and just buy it from crucial.com or some other online retailer.


    They may or may not. The questions are - if you get caught "cheating" what is the penalty, and why would you want to cheat anyway? If you're not a student, don't try to get the discount. It's an ethics thing, not a possibility thing. However, if you're a student in the UK, it should still play.


    By next year, yes. When next year? Not sure, but likely in the first quarter, I'd think. Probably slightly better specs in terms of graphics card, processor speed bump, that type of thing. Not likely to be anything mind-blowing.


    Go to the Apple Store in LA and pick it up instead of ordering it online and you'll save a bunch of time.


    The Apple site lists the iMac dimensions and weight. Add a couple of inches to each of those for box dimensions, and maybe 1/2 pound for weight. It might fit in a bag, but you might as well just carry it on in the box.


    The plug will be different.


    Hope these help.
     
  3. Josh macrumors 68000

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    They do not verify it at all if you order online. When I ordered online, I just had to select what school I went to out of a list. Anyone could do it, whether they are a student or not.

    At the Apple Store at a mall or something they might ask to see your student ID...but if youre between the ages of 15-25, I doubt they would ask, as most within that range are students.

    Apple is over-priced anyway. Some would argue that saying you are a student when you are not is "un-ethical". Well, charging $2000+ for a computer that dosnt even come with a monitor is un-ethical to me ;)
     
  4. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    Not true. I've had to fax a copy of my student ID to Apple several times after placing an online order. After I placed my order online, I recieved an email asking me to fax them a copy of my student ID.

    Also, my friend answers phones in the student accounts office at my university, and he told me that Apple faxes them a list of names about every three months to verify that the people using the discount are students.

    Believe me, they do check.
     
  5. XIII thread starter macrumors 68040

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    OK, thanks for your answers, I am a student, I didn't think that would work in the US... However, I am 13 now, will be 14 in January, and that doesn't let me qualify does it? I am tall for my age, but if they wanna check anyting, I'm screwed. If theres any possibility of them checking out whether my auntie is actually a student or something, then I wouldn't do it.

    Just carry it on in the box...? Wouldn't I then have to pay taxes when I enter the UK, and they see me with it? That was what I was trying to avoid, although it would be better to have it with me, for safety :)

    They'll definatly have one in stock sitting there at the LA apple store? If so I'll do that...

    Remembered my q :p

    How much will sales tax be if I get it from the apple store in LA? Does amazon.com not charge these sales taxes or something (I have heard this...)?

    Cheers and thanks for your responses :D

    Jack.
     
  6. Josh macrumors 68000

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    Thats strange. I never had to verify anything in anyway.

    Perhaps they do though :confused:

    What I don't understand is how could Apple send a list of names to a school for it to be verified? It is not that school's responsibility to verify students for Apple sales, nor do I believe it is within proper bounds for a school to tell a store who goes there and who does not, without consent given by the student - which in the case of ordering online, no consent is ever given or requested.
     
  7. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    You could always send it to yourself from the states an label it as a "gift" ;)
     
  8. emw macrumors G4

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    If you are a student, even in the UK, they may honor that. Not sure.

    Everybody always trying to get out of paying what's due ;) I would definitely not check the bag with the iMac, as you may never see it again (speaking of not paying for something). You could probably put it in a carry-on bag, but make sure it has plenty of padding. You could still get caught "smuggling" it in, and then you'd be hosed for more than the taxes, I'd think.

    Call first to find out. By next year, supplies should be adequate.

    I believe Amazon will charge sales tax on certain items - I've never ordered a Mac from them. Your auntie should be able to pass on the amount of sales tax in LA. You could also try macmall.com, which I believe won't charge taxes and is a pretty good outfit as well. They will also sometimes have deals to include extra RAM, etc.

    If you're just trying to save money, then first try Apple with the Student discount (call them and see if it works if it's UK). Then go online retailer to avoid sales taxes (although technically you still need to pay them somewhere), and try to smuggle it into the UK in a carry-on bag. Just keep in mind that an effort to save a couple of bucks in taxes could be more expensive in the long run if you get caught not declaring something through customs.
     
  9. zelmo macrumors 603

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    :D :D :D
     
  10. XIII thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Very Funny :p :D :p

    I don't wanna risk getting it taken away from me... But I always imagined that it would cost LOADS to declare it... Anyone any idea how much? Cheers emw for your replies - really good :)

    I THINK my auntie is something in a uni over there, I've just realised... Would you get edu discount with that?

    Cheers everyone for your good, fast answers :eek:
     
  11. XIII thread starter macrumors 68040

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    My auntie did that with my iPod :p
     
  12. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Then she won't mind doing it again...;)
     
  13. emw macrumors G4

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    Maybe she'll give you the "relative" discount... ;)
     
  14. Elan0204 macrumors 65816

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    I thought that the power supplies in the new iMac G5 are no longer universal, they way they used to be in the old iMac, and still are in all other Apple computers. The power supply sold in the U.S. is specific to the voltage used in the U.S. and Japan, whereas the iMacs sold in Europe come with a different power supply for the European voltage. I'd imagine that this is going to be a problem if you want to bring an iMac bought here in the U.S. back to the UK.
     
  15. XIII thread starter macrumors 68040

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    That would be a problem, yes, but I didn't think that was the case... Unfortunatly, I don't know the specifics of the UK voltage etc, so I can't check :(

    An iMac is a bit big to declare as a "Birthday present" for her nephew :eek:
     
  16. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    They can do it because when you click OK to the online education agreement (which comes up when you select your school from the online education store), you are saying that you are a student, enrolled in this particular school. Apple has the right to verify all the information for accuracy. No consent has to be given because you agree to Apple's terms, which state that they can check to see whether or not you are a student.

    School's check for Apple because Apple gives them a discount for hardware and software if they participate in the education program. Part of the terms of the deal state that the school must verify purchases from the education store.

    There's nothing illegal or unethical about it.
     
  17. Josh macrumors 68000

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    Not saying there is...but I surely don't remember anything listing that they would verify it, and that buy clicking my school and hitting OK, that I accept and agree to those terms.
     
  18. Elan0204 macrumors 65816

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    Any school that concerns itself at all with the privacy of its students, should be telling Apple absolutely nothing without the written consent of the student. The school should notify the student to let them know Apple has contacted them, and require them to come in and sign a release. The terms you agree to says that Apple has the right to periodically audit their education orders, and if they discover that you aren't eligible, to charge you the difference between education and normal pricing. No where in the agreement does it say that you release your school to give out any information about you.
     
  19. emw macrumors G4

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    Not sure I follow. All the school is doing is verifying to Apple that you are indeed enrolled as a student. If you are using your enrollment as a means to receive a discount from Apple, then there should be no issue with Apple confirming that.

    Now, depending on the timing, it could be dicey I suppose. What if at the time of purchase you were a student, but you got kicked out or dropped out before Apple got around to confirming your enrollment. Would the school be obligated to confirm the dates of enrollment?
     
  20. Elan0204 macrumors 65816

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    First of all, Apple says that if you have been accepted to a college, you are eligible so all you really need is an admission letter. They don't even say that if you don't enroll, you have to pay back the difference.

    If Apple wants proof that you are a student, they should ask you for your student ID, a copy of your schedule, a copy of your tuition bill, a copy of your admission letter, or a letter from the school stating that you are a student. I take no issue with Apple trying to ge the information necessary to prove that you are eligible for a student discount.

    What I do take issue with is Apple going around you directly to the school, and the school violating your rights by releasing information about you without your permission. As I said in my last post, if Apple wants to contact the school, the school should contact you to sign a release form before getting back to Apple. It is a matter of privacy (and there are laws to protect your privacy), and I think any school telling Apple (or anybody else) anything without your written consent could find itself on very shakey legal ground.
     
  21. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    The only thing the school tells Apple is whether or not that person is actually enrolled in the school. I don't see anything wrong with that considering one of the terms of the education store is that you have to be a student. It's not like the school is releasing personal information, and they are not. They are simply given a list, the run the name through the enrollment database, and if a name doesn't come up, they fax something to Apple saying that person is not a student here. Also, I never said anything about Apple releasing information other than enrollment status, which is a matter of public record. I could call where ever you go/went to school and ask if you were/are a student, and they would tell me.
     
  22. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    XIII has been honest enough to say that he is 13 years old. While I know that these forums are to help people, but not sure we should be making suggestions on how he can commit fraud, and I am not talking about if he qualifies for student discount or not, but on VAT and excise duty importing to the UK.

    Also for what it's worth XIII, I think you would have a hard time explaining to a customs officer why you usually take a desktop computer when going to the States if you get stopped ( while the iMac is thin, it is not that thin with the stand).

    Also you may have a problem with warranty if it breaks down, I think but not sure that laptops have international warranty on them, but I don't think desktops do. This is a pretty important deal for an Apple, as you can't just pop into PC World and pick up a new motherboard (say), if the hard disk fails you can replace this cheaply, but specialist Apple components are very expensive to replace.

    Apple UK do educational deals (but I think you have to be in college or University to qualify - But I would check it out - I could be wrong)

    Please don't take offense I am only trying to give you advice so you don't land in trouble or end up with a broken computer that you can't fix cheaply.
     
  23. Josh macrumors 68000

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    I beg to differ. I highly doubt a school, or any official institution for that matter, would do that.

    It doesn't personally bother me that this may happen. I am a student and I don't care who knows where I go. But not everyone is the same, and I do not believe that is very professional/proper methods of veryfing who goes where.

    Besides, like I said earlier - that makes more work for the school's staff, and it is not the school's responsibility to do that. The personl working at the school could simply refuse to do that, as they have responsibilities and priorities that are above that. Now if the school staff refuses to release that information, or refuses to scan a database to find out, does that mean one is not a student?

    The more I think about this, the more I highly doubt this is Apple's method of veryfing anyone. It just wouldnt happen, and couldn't be depended on as official information.
     
  24. emw macrumors G4

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    Apple may just go here:

    http://www.studentclearinghouse.org

    Apparently schools send their enrollment information here (many are listed, including my former university) and companies simply pay a fee to get a name.

    This would seem to indicate that getting the information would be fairly easy, even if they did need to did it themselves and that enrollment information is not considered confidential.

    Edit: This also contains information on degrees, alumni information, and high schools (perhaps private only?).
     
  25. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    One of my friends goes to Ferris State University in Michigan. I couldn't remember if he still was going there this semester, so I called to see if he was enrolled (I didn't have his phone number), and they told me he was. So, schools do tell enrollment status.

    It is the school's responsibility to check, since technically you are purchasing through the institution and not as an individual. The product is shipped to you and you pay for it, but you are using this institution as a means of qualifying for a discount.

    Since we are a private university, they protect the students privacy much more than public universities. They actually decline all requests from any corporation/individual. But, I would imagine that most public universities do give this information to Apple since schools like Indiana University, the University of Louisville, etc. sell their students phone numbers to credit card companies.

    Seems I was misinformed by my friend. Apple DOES NOT send a list of names or request anything from my school. One of my ignorant friends thought it would be funny to tell me this lie about Apple.

    I aplogize for my incorrect information. But, just to clarify, Apple has asked me for a student ID.
     

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