Bad news: 11" MBA back to school sale

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by unixphone, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. unixphone macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2008
    Apple Japan will start their Back to School Promotion starting May.
    And, 11" MBA does not qualify for having free ipod touch :(

    Maybe I should get 13" instead then >.<
  2. Ach111es macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2010
    Maybe wait for the impending MBA refresh? As far as upgrades go it would be a solid improvement.

    But the current ones are also pretty good.
  3. unixphone thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2008
    I have a client who is an executive level in Apple quality control both US & China. After I complain about MBA using C2D processor, he told me that Apple is definitely refreshing their processor mid-year for sure. Well, he also told him how Apple test quality by test drop all their macbook with screen opened 2 feet distance or something......
  4. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
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    He told you? He told him? You have a client? Back to school?

    Your story does not make sense.
  5. nebulos, Apr 27, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2011

    nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010

    i'm curious, what about the white macbook? is it all laptops except the 11?

    are the profit margins lower on the airs than on other macbooks? i thought i had read some people saying the opposite. then again, the student discount on the airs is pretty measly, relative to the pros. maybe the margin is smaller.

  6. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    That timing of this supposed back to school sale in Japan is a little strange. The school year in Japan has three semesters, the first of which starts on April 1st and goes until the end of July/early August, after which is the summer break. The second term starts up again in September, so it's strange that they would have a back to school promotion here in May, right in the middle of the first term, before summer vacation and almost four months before the start of the second term.
  7. Patrick946 macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2009
    Do the Japanese and US back to school sales usually have the same rules? I'm planning to get a 11" MBA with the free iPod, so if it doesn't apply it would be a huge disappointment. The next best thing would be a refurbished model for $850, but I don't think they give the option for a discounted printer with that either. It seems like it would almost be a better deal to go with a 13" MBA and a free iPod and printer.
  8. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Exactly. Something doesn't make sense.
  9. thepogues macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2011
    San Francisco
    I really hope the free touch deal applies to the 11.6 air as I will be picking one up in mid august for school and would love the discount. Maybe the expected refresh in June will give apple more incentive to include it in the deal. Anyone wanna speculate what the base specs for the 11.6's will be after a refresh? 4 gb ram standard at least hopefully.

    Also macmall is doing a sale for base 11's on ebay for $879. Possible sign of clearing out leftovers??
  10. rookiezzz macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2011
    so, if we buy a mba 13" we can get a free itouch/ipod??

    i bought mba 1.83 4gb 128gb 3weeks ago and got nothing??

    i'm in US btw..
  11. Henry Spencer macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2011
    The "back to school promotion" is usually held between the end of may and the beginning of september. Apple "gives" (mail in rebate) a ipod touch witch every mac purchased by a student. If you aren't a student or if you purchased your mac outside these dates... then you can't get the free Ipod...

    As for the Thread: Dang it... I'm holding out on buying a 11" air because of this promotion (and to get more info on the refresh).. I hope this is not true... I mean, it's "get a free ipod witch the purchase of a desktop or laptop mac"... The 11" is a laptop!
  12. thepogues macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2011
    San Francisco
    You're right, apple is kinda designating the 11 as a netbook if they do this, hope its not true
  13. nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
    as far as i know, the deal has never applied to the mini, btw.
  14. Cole JM macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    When does the back to school thing start in the USA? I want to get an iMac and my ipod touch 2g is out dated....
  15. Blue Fox macrumors 6502a

    Blue Fox

    Apr 13, 2009
    Like all previous Back To School promotions, it's only at Apple Stores or Educational stores on college campus', you have to be a Student/Faculty (possibly Alumni if it's a campus store). Usually starts in July sometime. In the past, the Mac Mini's were excluded, and a few years ago, the lowest priced MacBook (white 2.0 GHz version) was excluded as well. But the upgraded MacBooks (black ones and higher end white ones) and the Pro's were valid for the promotion. (again, this was a few years ago), it can change from year to year.
  16. BigAus, May 3, 2011
    Last edited: May 3, 2011

    BigAus macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2007
    Back to school just finished in Australia...

    As per Apple "PRODUCT ELIGIBILITY: Only the following Apple Computers qualify for this promotion: iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, 13-inch MacBook Air and Mac Pro (“Apple Computers”). Configure-to-order versions of these Apple Computers qualify for this offer. Refurbished Apple Computers do not qualify. Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, 11-inch MacBook Air and Mac mini do not qualify. All iPod models in the table below qualify for this promotion. Refurbished iPod models do not qualify. The eligible Apple Computers and iPod models listed herein are collectively referred to as “Qualifying Products”."

    OLD Promotion Link:
  17. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    not so strange. students just got back to school (first week or so of april). classes have only been in full swing for two weeks, and the sale comes during golden week (long vacation) and lasts until 5/24. the 11" is not included in the deal. the deal is probably available through any mac store in japan because i think it is a rebate system. you buy both, and then you send in paperwork for a rebate of up to 20,000 yen.
  18. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    the 20,000 rebate only covers the price of an 8gb ipod touch. that is a fine product, but it won't hold a lot of music. it is a 30-40,000 yen price difference between the 11" and 13" models. unless you actually think you will use the ipod touch, this may not be much of a deal for you. you will be paying at least 10,000 yen more than you originally planned for a computer you didn't originally plan to buy and a device that you may not find very useful. you might be able to sell the ipod online, but all of the hassle may not be worth it.
  19. unixphone thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2008
    I work in an investment bank and he is one of our customers.
    He said the MBA refresh will release in July will have Thunderbolt, icore and backlight keyboard.
  20. Carouser macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2010
    Or they're simply exempting a specific product from the promotion.
  21. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Well that's looking pretty bad. I doubt it will be any different than the Japanese and Australian offers.

    I could understand for the Mac mini (229$ iPod + 50$ rebate is a lot for a 699$ computer).

    But the MBA 11? It's exactly the same price as the white MacBook (which qualifies) and I bet more people upgrade their MBA (4GB RAM, more SSD and such) getting it more expensive than the MacBook.

    Heck, I was going to order a 1399$ MBA 11 ultimate. It's more expensive than the base MBA 13 and MBP 13. I might go with the MBA 13 now, cause the iPod touch is in fact a deal breaker for me. Plus you get 100$ off as a student instead of 50$ on the 11".

    The MBA line seems to be the one Apple wants more attention on. I'm really disappointed by this.
  22. Mobius 1 macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2011
    lucky for you lol we indoneshit ppl can't buy anything from apple.

    if you'd be buying the 13" base w/4GB ram i'd rather spend my monies for a MBP 13" 2011 base.

    more value for money

    btw, if you're running out of money.

    remember that the US accepts a partially broken dollar/money bill (1/2 i believe)

    get yourself 200$ and start making some money shred till' you can buy a ultimate macbook air with the core i series)

    don't actually do this tho. you may get caught by the cop
  23. nebulos, May 18, 2011
    Last edited: May 18, 2011

    nebulos macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2010
    interesting idea.

    if you're allowed to, say, have the left 26% plus right 26% of a bill count as one dollar, you can easily make $3 from $2.

    however, i'm pretty sure the US government is not that stupid. the rule is probably "a continuous 51% portion".

    Math problem: Can you cheat that rule? (even if taping/gluing is allowed)

  24. eckthroi macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2011

    Actually if you look back at last years Japan BTS sale it began on May 25, 2010.

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