Apple Employee Screwed Up = $250 off new MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MetBook, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. MetBook macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Canadian retail price of a Brand New 2.4GHz, 15" MacBook Pro: $2149.99

    The Apple employee looked up the student discount in the books (which I know for this model and this time is only $100) and somehow came up with a number of $250. My heart started racing, hoping that she wouldn't know that she might have made the mistake.

    The price I ended up paying for a Brand New 2.4GHz, 15" MacBook Pro: $1899.99

    Not bad if I may say so myself. (PS. I absolutely love the machine)
  2. Nipz macrumors 65816


    Nov 1, 2006
  3. strikeinsilence macrumors 6502

    Jun 30, 2006
  4. durant0s macrumors regular


    Jan 9, 2008
    San Francisco, CA
  5. 4fingered macrumors member

    Aug 13, 2008
  6. !eon macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2008
  7. fxstb2002 macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Well, I hope she doesn't have to make up the difference out of her next paycheck.
  8. MetBook thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    *Incase* you wanted to know:

    The 15" Incase cover fits around the new 15" MacBook Pro. It's just a bit roomy depth-wise and just a bit tight on the sides of the computer. But it definitely works.

    There's no way I'd take my Pro anywhere unless it was protected.
  9. Down3yDJdud3 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2008
    I lucked out with the same screw up at the apple store in Brea California. The first associate told me they had revised student discounts and that I could only expect 100 off my 2.4 GHz MBP, but he was not the one who rang my purchase up. The girl behind the counter insisted that the discount was 200 so I paid $1799. I am willing to bet that word has not got out that the student discount has changed!
  10. britabroad macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2007
    how else do you think they'll get the money back?
  11. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    Send her an thank you card or put her name down on a customer service satisfaction card.
  12. GodOfLove macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2006
    nice!! good to hear =) hope you love your mbp!!!
  13. MVApple macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    They don't get their money back, the company take a loss. I know that here in California you can't deduct an employees paycheck for a mistake made. The employee will probably be reprimanded, or simply told what the new discount is and it'll be forgotten.
  14. Phenobarbital4U macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2008
    go back and ask to buy a mighty mouse, see if you can get it for 25 bucks!
  15. LDB macrumors member


    Oct 13, 2008
    Houston area
    Or the employee will be fired, but hey, SCREW HONESTY AND INTEGRITY. Who needs that when they look in the mirror as long as they've got 150 dishonest dollars in their pocket?
  16. thepseudophone macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2008
    Me too!

    This happened to me in the US. I got a $200 student discount off of the $1999 MBP.
  17. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    apple store employees are stupid, just came back from one. :rolleyes:
  18. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    Dishonest? Hypothetical scenario follows to explore the point:

    Let's see.. I go to a business knowing the price of a product. I request that a staff member sell me the product. The business representative rings up the products with the appropriate pricing, discounts, and coupons based on internal business procedures then requests payment for the items.

    I don't recall there being a requirement that I tell a business representative the price their business charges for a product. I do not recall there being a requirement that I tell a business representative how to do their job. I do not work for the business. I have no responsibility to ensure the business works as it should. $#%& the business.

    On eBay if someone sells a priceless silver necklace for $20, is it dishonest to buy the necklace even if you know the value of the item is higher than the seller requests for it? Millions of people purchasing antiques seem to think it is just fine to buy low and sell high. These antique seekers are often taking advantage of a seller's lack of knowledge.

    I believe our entire stock market is based on buying low and selling high, but if someone sold their stocks low then it is immoral to buy them to sell later at a much higher price. Umm.. not so much.

    Dishonest implies theft. I can't speak to the legality of it, but morally I feel that if you sell me something at a price that you set then you cannot feel wronged if I pay the price without questioning it.

    Capitalism is a bitch.
  19. Brien macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    Yep. Bought the case about a day before the MBP got here at the Apple Store and then heard it was wider/deeper, but it fit just fine.
  20. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Well, according to my high school teacher, he had a friend who picked up a dusty violin at a garage sale for some small amount. Turns out it was one of those rare, antique violins and he sold it for something like half a millions bucks.

    And yes you are right, it is the companies fault alone who hires and trains the sales staff and if they give you something for less that the real price, the company will have to deal with it. Okay, we are all opportunistic people, we always want to save money, but if say that person loses their job over it because they made an honest mistake, then that's not something I'd want to happen. But hey, they should be responsible for their actions, and money for you is the same as money for the company, you'll want it back somehow.

    If it were some major purchase and I were to save a lot from the mistake of another: if it were impersonal and over the phone, I'd be less concerned about the mistake. If it were a helpful person over the counter, well then I'd have a major problem.
  21. britabroad macrumors regular


    Jul 16, 2007
    yeah, and look how well that worked out.
  22. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    She won't, but she has now been made the scape goat when Apple explains the glossy only screen.

    "She did it, wasn't our idea. I know she works Apple retail, but she's got connections";)
  23. thechidz macrumors 68000


    Jul 25, 2007
    New York City
    oh givee me a break. they don't dock peoples pay for these mistakes and its not like its even a big deal anyway
  24. LinMac macrumors 65816

    Oct 28, 2007
    How dare you question the sacred system of no holds bar capitalism. I bet you're sitting there breathing this fine American air that we share with the world and you're not even a Republican.
  25. marvel2 macrumors 6502

    Jun 27, 2007
    Sweet deal, I would have taken it just like you did and never looked back.

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