Buying New MBP With Friends Student Discount

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by steiney, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. steiney macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    Hello all,

    I'm going to purchase the new MBP, and my friend, who is a grad student, has agreed to let me use her student discount because she has no interest in buying a Mac for herself.

    My question is, will I run into any problem with that, such as the computer being tied to her Apple ID or something like that, since it would be purchased by her?

    My current MBP is a 2.33GHz C2D that I purchased new almost seven years ago, before the whole Apple ID thing was a big deal and before the App Store existed, etc., so I don't know how it works now. That MBP was bought by me using my student discount because I was a student at the time, but I don't recall having to tie it to an account or anything.

    Well, any help or advice is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks in advance,

  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    If ordering online is an option for you, then you can just order without needing to show any proof at all.
  3. bottled macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2013
    Yup, theres no verification online. Also, you could just take her to the store with you and give her the money / or just try "paying for her". afaik, they'll ask for the id.
  4. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    Thanks guys. I don't know why but the forum never notified me of your replies like it normally does so I didn't come back here until now.

    Anyway, yeah, I just ordered within the educational store online while logged into her Apple ID and paid with my CC. As an added bonus, I use Discover Card and their current 5% cash back promo is for online purchases, so I got the 8%ish student discount plus another 5% coming from my credit card for a total of roughly 13% off the price! Not too shabby!
  5. kartnite macrumors member


    Jul 2, 2013
    My Father, let my country awake!
    Wow! Are you certain? Like the OP, I have a friend who has entered uni - so... would that mean he (or I) could choose his institution (on the online store) and get it shipped without being asked for proof?

    Asked again 'cos when I told this to my friend he was quite sceptical. Guess I'll mail him this link, ha ha ha...

    Thank you for that tidbit, though! Glad to know that.
  6. 827538 macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    I don't know what the student discount is in the US but here in the UK if you order through your university's network you receive 15% off plus free 3 years parts and labour! While ordering with the normal education discount is just 5%.
  7. st0k3d macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2013
    Oh damn. With my school in USA just the standard 5%.
  8. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    15% off! Geez! No, I crunched the percentage based on the price I got as a student versus the price as a non-student and it was basically 8% if I remember correctly. And I don't think we can order through our university unless I'm just unaware of that ability. If so, I will hate myself for not maxing out the possible percentage discount. But oh well. I could always return it and try again!
  9. yabot macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2013
    you can order through the uni to get 15%, but you have to be connected to their internet so apple see's there IP.

    Unless someone posts that link that by passes that, i dont know what it is.
  10. ROLLTIDE1 macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2012
    waiting for that link........;)
  11. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    You mean to tell me that if I go on campus with my friend and she logs into the wifi network with her credentials, and then goes to the online educational store and buys the computer, the discount will be 15%? I've never heard of that before.
  12. vash420 macrumors member

    Aug 30, 2010
    Actually, it even works if you log in to your account, as long as you're on the HE store through her uni network. They may ask for proof you're a student however. Good luck with that.
  13. pat.micunnis macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2013
    There's no need to log in using your friend's Apple ID.

    You just need to ensure you're using the Education Store URL :)

    Don't forget Ebates gives you a 1% cashback too! And for Chase Freedom credit card customers that purchase from Amazon: 5% cashback this quarter!!!
  14. jdonegan macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2013
    You don't need to sign in with the other students Apple ID I would think. You just need to access the education store for you college or university. For example at my college in the UK we get 15% off and Apple care.

    The problem for me though was that I couldn't access the education store even though I was connected to their network. I always got an error message saying I wasn't connected to the college's network.

    Luckily, there was this recent blog post explaining how to obtain the URL for each individual education store, so I could order my MBP online with my own specs and with the discount.

    They don't require any proof that you're a student once your in the education store, though I'd imagine they'd require proof you're a student if you needed to take it to the Apple Store for repairs or something.
  15. 827538 macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Yup I done it both through the campus WiFi and through the desktops in the uni library. Pretty nice getting 15% off, plus I can get another 3% cashback via quidco (UK company). Thanks for reminding me of the cashback, totally forgot about that! Just remember the regular education discount is less - thats probably the 5% you were getting, believe it's 5% for further education and 15% for higher education.

    I imagine the 15% is the same for the US too, google is your friend ;). I don't need to use my university ID or anything, you just need access to their network which is simple once you know a student. We need the discount in the UK, the prices are extortionate this side of the pond. There's the 'UK suckers fee' that every company levies on us + government 'over'taxation.

    It's not uncommon for people to just pick up a new laptop or whatever when they go to the states on holiday or business and just fly back like it was with them all along to avoid duty.
  16. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    That must be a UK thing. The most us Americans can get is the 8ish %. Sure would be nice though. 15% plus three year warranty. Oh well.
  17. 827538 macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Yup but remember how much lower your prices are so I imagine you're still getting a better deal. Yeh it's not the same as Apple care as you don't get three years phone support - hey isn't that what these forums are for? - but the warranty is a really excellent bonus. Tomorrow's the day I order. 15" - 2.3GHz - 750M - 512GB £1,869.70 I think.

    I'm not saying we break the rules but I can assist anyone buying in the UK with the student 15% off + free 3 years warranty if they need it.
  18. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    Wow that's a good point. I just did the number crunching and was blown away by how much more you guys pay.

    For the computer I purchased:

    In the US-
    Retail it costs $2799.
    With 7.8599% discount, it's $2579. (Yes, that's what the percentage works out to.)

    In the UK-
    Retail it costs - £2399 which is $3870.
    With a 15% discount, it's £2039.15, which is $3290.17.

    So you guys are paying about 38.2637% more for your computers at retail.
    At discount, you are still paying 27.5754% more.


    I wonder what the absolute most expensive country is in which to purchase a Macbook Pro?
  19. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    You don't even need to be a student if you are persuasive enough. I often buy Macs on a student discount; I just ask for it.

    Of course now I get a business discount, and this covers more than just computers.
  20. 827538 macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    Probably somewhere like Norway or Sweden, phenomenally expensive over there, but then again GDP per capita is considerably higher. Yeh I'm fed up of everything being so expensive here :-/.
    Can't wait, will order after lectures :).
  21. bigeasy_uk macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2005
    Leamington Spa, England
    They always show UK prices including sales tax as it is the same everywhere (VAT 20%). In the US, sales tax changes state to state so they display the price without sales tax added.

    We still pay more though :mad:
  22. davidjearly macrumors 68020


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    There's a lot of misinformation in this thread. HE/FE Students do not automatically get 15% off in the UK. The amount varies per product. Moreover, you do not need to be connected to the network of the institution to receive the discount - you just need the link.

    For example:

    Base 13" rMBP = £1099 normally. HE price = £945.60 (less than 15%).
    Base 15" rMBP = £1699 normally. HE price = £1443.60 (slightly more than 15%).
    Top spec 15" rMBP = £2199 normally. HE price = £1869.60 (15%).

    Same with the iMac:

    Top spec 27" iMac retails at £1749.00. HE price = £1539.60. This is significantly less than 15% discount (£1486.65).

    In any case, this discount is designed for students studying at higher education institutions. Those blatantly abusing it should remember that Apple can withdraw this facility at any time.
  23. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    I was going to various county's online stores last night trying to figure it out. I'll check out those two later.

    That's some serious sales tax! I've heard of VAT before but never made the connection that it is a sales tax. Damn. Makes me feel happy about paying 6% in Florida! (Not really. I still think my country's tax structure could be improved greatly.)

    Thanks for the clarification!
  24. Benk3350 macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    Good to know that 15% is only in the UK, because I just ordered a new maxed out 15" rMBP yesterday. I guess if it worked in the US too I could have just canceled my order and reordered under my school's wifi though. Considering the rMPC I bought costs around 3300, 15% off would have been great. Although with the student discount from the online store, I got it for 3029, so still a great deal. Can't complain at all.
  25. steiney thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2009
    So you bumped up to the 1TB storage option? That's the only thing I didn't max out on mine. I just didn't see the need. Do you do video editing or something or did you just want to get the baddest possible machine?

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