Applecare & Education discount purchase for a gift?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pjny, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010

    A friend who is a teacher is thinking of buying a Macbook pro as a gift for a relative for Christmas. He gets I think a 10% discount. He wants to get Applecare too for this gift.

    Can someone else register a Macbook pro(and with Applecare) if he purchases it and gives it as a gift?

    What is the procedure when gifting Apple products in terms of Applecare and ownership records?

    I know when I purchase stuff on Apple store it is through my Apple account and therefore tagged as being owned by me. Will ownership be linked to the Apple account or credit card listed in the purchase?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, AppleCare is linked to and follows the computer, not the buyer or user or any Apple ID.
  3. Supersonic macrumors regular

    May 24, 2006
    Not a very ethical way of abusing Apple's educational discount.

    The purchase is supposed to be for the teacher, not to be used as a cheap way of getting a Mac for someone else.

    If I was transacting the sale, i'd refuse, but I guess that info wouldn't be divulged at the point of purchase
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    It's not abuse. Apple's education discount applies to the purchase transaction only. It does not specify any restrictions on what the buyer can and cannot do with the computer, once purchased. There is a limit on how many computers can be bought by an individual with the education discount, so it can't be abused.
  5. Supersonic macrumors regular

    May 24, 2006
    Apple reserves the right to cancel your order in its absolute discretion if we should determine that you are not a student, teacher or lecturer and/or that you do not require the Product for your own use or for teaching or research purpose​

    Yes...I was right.

    Sorry. :D
  6. Richdmoore macrumors 68000


    Jul 24, 2007
    Troutdale, OR
    One more thing

    One thing to add. I have found usually apple will link your purchases to your apple id, so to clean things up the purchaser may want to remove the gift from his account, so the receiver can register the serial number to them. (Items must be removed before they can be linked to a new account.)

    Pretty much any hardware with a serial can be tied to an account, I have 2 airport expresses, an AirPort Extreme, iPhone, ipad, MacBook and iMac all registered.

    It is kind of a hidden function, so here is the page to login:
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That doesn't restrict the buyer from giving away or selling a computer that they bought for personal use. There is no time limit on how long a computer must be owned before giving or selling it. Apple has no method of tracking ownership after a computer is initially bought, unless a new owner registers the computer. Even then, Apple isn't going to worry about an individual sale or gift.

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