AppleCare with Education Discount on a Refurb Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by kolax, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I chatted to an online Apple Store helper and he really couldn't give me an answer. Basically, if I buy a refurb Mac, can I get education discount on the AppleCare? Whenever I log in to my uni's VPN to access the higher education page and go to refurb, and add one to basket, I get an Apple Store error. So I can't find out if the AppleCare would be discounted through the education store on a refurb model.

    I know I can't get discount on the refurb model - it is just the AppleCare.

    Has anyone done something similar?
  2. stonyc macrumors 65816


    Feb 15, 2005
    Could it be a problem with your VPN?

    I went to the Apple Store site, checked the price of Applecare for a Macbook/Air/MBP13" (was $249), then went back in my browser, went to the Education Store link, added my school info, checked the price of Applecare for a Macbook/Air/MBP13" and it was $183.

    There is no "refurb price" on Applecare... only the Edu discount. And I've never had a problem getting Applecare on refurb products before.
  3. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Ah that's good. The VPN my uni uses is pretty naff. If all else fails, I could just order over the phone I guess.

  4. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    You don't have to purchase Applecare at the same time as your Mac. I buy on the refurb store (no educational discount on refurbs so no need to use the Educational store) and then pick up a copy of Applecare on the Educational Store. If you don't need the telephone support (Apple Store nearby?) you can wait up to a year before purchasing Applecare.
  5. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Just noticed that the AppleCare pricing on the higher education store is £220 as a standalone product. However, if I was to buy a new Mac (not a refurb) on the higher education store, I can get AppleCare for £58.75.

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