What do I need for my apple student discount?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AppleLou, May 11, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    I've finally made my mind up.
    After weeks of debating between an imac and a macbook, what specs I need, if I like steak or chicken better, etc..

    I have finally decided to get the pre-configured high end 27" iMac.

    Just wondering what I will need to take to the apple store for them to give me my student discount?

    I'm thinking;

    University Student Card
    Drivers License
    Passport
    University exam timetable


    Do you guys think this will provide enough proof that I am actually a student?
     
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    NutsNGum

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    You should only really need your student card assuming it has your picture on it.
     
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    Badger^2

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    You should only need #1.

    where are you in the world?
     
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It does have my picture on it but the nearest store is 20 miles away, I don't want to get there and be rejected.

    Better to be safe than sorry!
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I live in the UK.

    I only listed my passport/drivers license just incase they wanted to compare pictures or something to prove it was me, as my face has changed quite a bit since the picture was taken.
     
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    Badger^2

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    Have you checked other apple resellers? The "student discount" isnt much.

    Here in the USA, there are Apple resellers that offer rebates, free shipping and no income tax = far bigger discount than an educational one
     
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    GGJstudios

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  8. macrumors 68000

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    Incorrect. Some Universities have a separate Apple HE Agreement with Apple underwhich you get 3 years warranty if and only if you purchase via the special online store. AppleCare (ie Phone Support) is a separate extra (Billed as "Apple HE Contract Uplift" in general), which costs approx £35 or there abouts.

    How do I know this? Im a Student at a UK University, and I dont get free AppleCare.

    Also, all you need is your student card, it doesnt matter so long as it looks vaguely like you theyll accept it :)
     
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I see. I was under the impression that the discount was always 14%, but it seems that's only through my university network.

    Over here I only know about three sellers, but the prices are exactly the same as they are on the apple store and don't offer a discount.

    I guess I could phone them to see what I can expect. Thanks!
     
  10. macrumors 68000

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    As far as getting your university discount in store, if you blag it, you can get the discount, however youll only have the standard warranty if you dont purchase AppleCare instore. (I did this with my MacBook Air at a UK Apple Store, and all was well, I bought AppleCare however for the warranty - I believe it was about 40 quid.)
     
  11. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah i'm aware of the 3 year warranty, I think I will purchase apple care seperately though.

    Also just curious, how did you pay for your mac? University network, in store?

    Edit: Nevermind! Your above post answers the question :)
     
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    iStudentUK

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    If you buy online via your uni network you get a 3 year warranty as standard, no need to buy Applecare. If you buy in store that is not the case. See here

    If you want to buy in store your uni card should do. Phone and ask if you like.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    The education discount program is, indeed, different in the UK than it is in the USA. My statement is correct.
    As I said, it includes free AppleCare. I didn't mean that all purchases include free AppleCare, but that the education discount plan includes a provision for free AppleCare. No US education discounts have free AppleCare. The programs are, indeed, different between the two countries.
     
  14. macrumors 68000

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    It doesn't include free AppleCare. It includes just the warranty, you DO NOT get the phone support. The warranty and AppleCare are different. Thus you are incorrect.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    While it doesn't include phone support, it IS AppleCare coverage. All extended warranties by Apple are AppleCare.
     
  16. macrumors 68000

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    Well, it answers halfly. I bought my Mac Pro and Cinema Display via my University Network Online store, and I bought my MacBook Air in-store, so I've done both (Big year for Apple Purchases this year, as it happened my Desktop and Laptop upgrade cycles coincided).
     
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    iStudentUK

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    You are correct, but it may be prudent in future to add that the free 3 year warranty is only online. There is a great deal of confusion in the UK as the system is messy. Unfortunately, some people think they get a free warranty in store and when they realise they don't have to fork out £160 for AppleCare.

    The student free 3 year warranty is slightly different to AppleCare. It is almost the same, but the T&Cs have some minor differences, it doesn't really matter most of the time.

    You must be at a very unusual uni, almost all of them include the free warranty online. Guess you drew the short straw!
     
  18. macrumors 68000

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    No they are not. AppleCare is phone support as well. The warranty is not branded or ever sold as AppleCare, it is sold as "Apple HE Contract Warranty", not AppleCare. The only AppleCare program sold as AppleCare includes Phone Support, the Apple HE Contract Warranty is fundamentally different from AppleCare.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    I posted a link to Apple's site, where people can read the details.
     
  20. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just called in store and he told me the price with discount would come to £1,500 inc. apple care reduced from £1,649.

    Which is the same price as it was on my university network, woohoo!

    Now guys and girls. It's 17:46 here and the store closes at 20:00.


    Should I go buy it tonight? Or tomorrow?

    You decide!
     
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    Apple's website has never been crystal clear on the issue. Many members of staff are incorrectly informed. Someone I knew was told by someone in store that they would get a 3 year warranty for free, he had to correct the salesperson.

    As I said, it would be prudent to be clear as there is great confusion, even in Apple itself.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    This topic has been derailed by hair-splitting. My original point is absolutely correct: the education discount program in the UK is different from the one in the US. The US program has no provision under any circumstances for extended warranty/AppleCare/whatever-you-want-to-call-it beyond the 1 year warranty. The UK program does. My post was not intended to be a disclosure of all the terms and conditions of the Apple HE Discount program, but only to state that the program is different and includes things the US program does not. If Apple's site isn't clear, that's their problem. I never indicated that my post was to be a legal document, outlining all the terms and conditions, or a clarification of Apple's site.
     
  23. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Guys, guys, stop debating on the warranty issue!

    I planned on buying apple care anyway just incase I sold the iMac within the 2nd-3rd year of owning it, because (i believe?) apple care is dependant on the product serial number not the owner.

    _

    But the question still stands, should I buy it tonight or tomorrow?

    I'm in no rush what so ever, but I really do fancy playing with it tonight!
     
  24. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Why would it make a difference? If you want it tonight, buy it tonight. What do you perceive will change between tonight and tomorrow?
     
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    All I ever said was it would be prudent to spell out it is online only to avoid confusion. Nobody is suggesting you are offering full legal terms and conditions. I'm just suggesting how you can be more helpful to people, no need to get defensive.

    AppleCare does go with the machine. The student warranty probably does as well (again, there is confusion) but a buyer is going to want to see "x months of applecare left" not "x months of student warranty left". So yes, may be good to add applecare if you think you will sell it on.
     

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