100% Curious, what discounts do Harvard / etc students get?

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  1. troy14 macrumors 6502a

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    Just to satisfy my curiosity, tried searching but didn't come up with much... with certain schools (only Harvard comes to mind) on the apple education store, they get a special portal and have to log in to see their discounts..

    I'm just curious as to what their discounts are compared to the average 'university' student..

    Anyone have any insight, or even screenshots?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Some schools has their own "Apple Store" (they buy e.g. 500 MBPs = bigger discount from ) and then sell them to students with slightly cheaper prices than Apple offers but usually there is only one or two configurations available.

    The discount you get from Apple edu store depends are you higher education or K-12 student, not the school you go, I think
     
  3. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

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    My school has its own Apple Store and they're not allowed to sell to non-University members.

    They sell tax-free, white MacBook Unibody's on special at the moment for $749. I'm tempted just to get one. That's cheaper than a higher iPad!
     
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    Yea that is the deal! If they could sell them to anyone, everybody would buy from them but I think it reads in some terms they have to apply before buying that they are only allowed to sell them to their students and other members such as teachers.

    It may be small extra income for the school but it's great for the students because they get cheaper prices and usually AppleCare as well.
     
  5. phairphan macrumors 6502a

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    You're not missing out on anything. I can't speak about that barn in Cambridge, but Yale has its own Apple Store portal too. The deals? Well, they suck. The prices are the same as the general Apple education store and there's no tax break. It sounds like larger schools with large campus bookstores have the best deals, especially on closeouts and the like. Our bookstore doesn't sell computers.
     
  6. skottichan macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, here at Ohio State, the Wexner Center Store is the on-campus Apple reseller. The discount is the same as the official Apple Education discount, the only real bonus is, the Wexner tends to have a surplus of older models (still new in box), like the previous whiteBook is like $749, or the last 24" 3.06GHz is like $1499.
     
  7. mrkgoo macrumors 65816

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    Like I said the CURRENT white MacBook is on sale here for $749 (and tax free).

    The best deal I ever say was just after the unibodies came out. They sole the non unibody Early 2008 15" MBP with 512MB graphics ram for $1199. I was tempted to get another one.
     
  8. nastebu macrumors 6502

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    City University has it's own store. Mostly the discounts are exactly the same as everyone else's, but once in a while they'll do something special. I got a MacBook Pro for about $200 less than the edu discount that way, but the sale was restricted to one per department, and came with a lot of red tape otherwise.

    It was still worth it though.
     
  9. duky macrumors 6502

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    Harvard's deals are actually pretty great. The 2.66 MBP that costs $1849 on Apple edu store right now costs $1699 at Harvard and if you order outside of Mass it has no tax so that's an extra like $70/80 off. The best is the closeouts which are brand new and go for like $200/300 off the last listed price. So this 2.66 MBP will probably be like $1299/1399 once new ones drop. Sorry the New Haven slums don't offer better!
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    why do harvard students need discounts...arent they like rich? lol
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    They need discounts so they'll have money left over to pay $33,696 in tuition!
     
  12. breathesrain macrumors regular

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    My college (Western Washington U) has a special version of the Apple Store, but I can't find anything different than the standard education store :confused:
     
  13. DTR macrumors newbie

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    I goto the Winchester school of art.

    In our 2nd year we get something like £500 off a Macbook or 13" pro, or off a Canon 500d or 50d.

    It changes every year, not sure what it is exactly as i'm still in my first year!
     
  14. phairphan macrumors 6502a

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    I think the Family Guy reference was lost in reading. Oh well. For the record, the New Haven slums offer the best deals. I can save at least 50% off any new-in-box Mac that "fell" off the back of the FedEx truck. And the best...no sales tax!
     
  15. slu macrumors 68000

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    At Penn you get slightly better deals than the Apple Education Store by buying certain configurations at the Computer Connection (campus computer store). Like other schools, they often have great deals on closeouts of old models. I got my White Macbook for $899 with a free printer on closeout after it retailed for $1299.
     
  16. duky macrumors 6502

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    Haha Cambridge def can't best you there! I may have to stop by and pick one up once those new MBPs drop..
     
  17. talmy macrumors 601

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    So in your first year you have to make do with paper and pencil?
     

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