AppleCare Education discount verification?

Neo-Tech

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Jun 19, 2009
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Hello,

I just ordered AppleCare for my 13" MacBook Pro with the education discount and am just wondering if and how Apple will verify that I'm in education? I ask because my father ordered it for me using his credit card account and I'll be paying him later for it.

Thanks
 

r0k

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Mar 3, 2008
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Detroit
Hello,

I just ordered AppleCare for my 13" MacBook Pro with the education discount and am just wondering if and how Apple will verify that I'm in education? I ask because my father ordered it for me using his credit card account and I'll be paying him later for it.

Thanks
If the AC shows up, it would seem to indicate Apple is satisfied that you are in education. I remember getting an email asking me to fax in proof of registration when I bought from another company using an education discount. I've never used it with Apple so I don't know if they do this but I would think no money would change hands unless they were willing to sell it to you at the education price.
 

fruitpunch.ben

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Sep 16, 2008
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Surrey, BC
Hello,

I just ordered AppleCare for my 13" MacBook Pro with the education discount and am just wondering if and how Apple will verify that I'm in education? I ask because my father ordered it for me using his credit card account and I'll be paying him later for it.

Thanks
I've bought 3 Macs, iPods (back when they had a student discount) and various accessories in the 8 years I've been a student using my discount. I've never had to verify my status
 

primalman

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Jul 23, 2002
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Apple randomly asks for documentation or if they feel a pattern of purchases is not student like. I have purchased with an edu discount for 20 years and I have never been asked, but many of my students have over the years.
 

nicks

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Mar 30, 2011
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Sending a scan of your student ID should do the trick, if they ask for proof
 

Defactomonkey

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May 11, 2012
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I wouldn't worry about it. I have never heard of them seeking verification, and if they do just claim ignorance and pay full price. You won't go to Apple jail.
 

Neo-Tech

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Original poster
Jun 19, 2009
126
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That's good to hear. I've got my student ID handy with me so if they ask for proof, I'll just scan it and e-mail it them. Though the box for the AppleCare has been shipped so I assume everything's gone fine.

Good stuff. Thanks for the swift responses guys and gals! :)
 

iStudentUK

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Mar 8, 2009
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If you are a UK uni student an you order over your uni network you should get a free 3 year warranty. It shouldn't matter if your dad pays, so long as it is for your use. See my sig for more details.
 

hawk1410

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Jul 5, 2011
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Apple does not really verify if you are student when you order online. I wonder who the hell orders without the education pricing.
 

primalman

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Jul 23, 2002
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Edu pricing is only 5% off. Corp pricing is 10% I think. Amazon used to trump them both, but now they are collecting tax :(
No on all counts, as far as I can see.

EDU pricing is not by % but by amount, $50, $100, $200 or $300 depending on computer or display, and most other products such as adapters, accessories, iPads, iPods and iPhones do not get a discount. There used to be a nominal % off that was evident, but they went to set $ amounts I think about 5-6 years ago. Institutional EDU customers can get larger discounts based on volume of purchase or with the various leasing options.

Business used to have discounts, but my flip through the business store does not show any discounts. Again, it is possible that certain volume customers can get breaks based on number of items, frequency, etc.

Government and military individual customers now get the same discounts as EDU.

As far as my almost 20 years of buying EDU tells me, individual purchasers have nearly always got the better deal with EDU pricing. Shoot, they even used to discount iPods!

Amazon collects limited taxes, from their mouth:

Orders Subject to Sales Tax
Items sold by Amazon.com LLC, or its subsidiaries
Items sold by Amazon.com LLC, or its subsidiaries, and shipped to destinations in the following states are subject to tax:

California
Kansas
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New York
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No sales tax is charged when purchasing gift cards; however, purchases paid for with gift cards may be subject to tax.

Items sold by all other sellers
Amazon.com has teamed with many other sellers. Your order may contain items from one or more of these online sellers. Each of these sellers may have different sales tax collection obligations, depending upon their business policies and the location of their operation. For sales within the U.S., Amazon.com calculates sales taxes on the sellers' behalf in accordance with their instructions. These instructions vary depending on the tax laws in each state.

Sales tax information for these sellers can usually be found in the seller's Shipping and Tax Information section.


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Apple does not really verify if you are student when you order online. I wonder who the hell orders without the education pricing.
As I said earlier in the thread:

Apple randomly asks for documentation or if they feel a pattern of purchases is not student like. I have purchased with an edu discount for 20 years and I have never been asked, but many of my students have over the years.
If you get caught, they simply bill you for the difference, including applicable taxes.

Note, tried three times to make the last section its own post, but forum won't let me!
 
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