Can I use my mom's education discount in store?

Jamesesesesess

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My mom is going to college and so she is eligible for a student discount on the new Retina MacBook Pros. She said I could use her discount because she already has a laptop, but can I use her discount if she isn't there? She sent me pictures of her student ID, drivers license, and a scholarship letter. Could I just show that to the people at the store?
 

FastEddiebags

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Really depends who you deal with. My uncle got the edu discount without ever having to show anything and it was pretty obvious he wasn't a student.
 

Jamesesesesess

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Really depends who you deal with. My uncle got the edu discount without ever having to show anything and it was pretty obvious he wasn't a student.
Well I'm 15 so I think they'll be able to tell I'm not a student lol. What do I even say to them? "oh and can I get the student discount?"
 

w00t951

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Well I'm 15 so I think they'll be able to tel I'm not a student lol. What do I even say to them? "oh and can I get the student discount?"
How do you expect to pay for a $2000 machine when you're 15? Do you have your own credit card? They will probably not accept cash. If your parents are there, just have them do it. The education discount applies for both students and faculty.
 

Jamesesesesess

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How do you expect to pay for a $2000 machine when you're 15? Do you have your own credit card? They will probably not accept cash. If your parents are there, just have them do it. The education discount applies for both students and faculty.
No, I have the money saved up, some from my 2011 MBP and some just from savings. I'm using my grandma's credit card.

I'm staying at my dad's which is why my mom can't be there. It's in totally different states.
 

Eriksrocks

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No, I have the money saved up, some from my 2011 MBP and some just from savings. I'm using my grandma's credit card.

I'm staying at my dad's which is why my mom can't be there. It's in totally different states.
I doubt they will let you buy it with a credit card you don't have ID for...
 

Jamesesesesess

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I doubt they will let you buy it with a credit card you don't have ID for...
It's the same card I have in my EasyPay account, not to mention I could easily put my grandparents on the phone to confirm their identity and give Apple permission to use the card.

Or you could just buy it online and get it shipped to your place.
And wait the 3-4 weeks? Lol no. I'm going to be in Minnesota all week so I'd rather get one here.
 

derickdub

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How do you expect to pay for a $2000 machine when you're 15? Do you have your own credit card? They will probably not accept cash. If your parents are there, just have them do it. The education discount applies for both students and faculty.
Sheesh, I was 15 and buying things much more expensive than $2000 with cash. I couldn't even get a checking account despite having a fair amount in a savings account. Banks just don't like young people. There's nothing wrong with working your ass off and saving money.

And OP, if you are 15 I would imagine you're a student. Unless you graduated early or something, but in that case I don't know why you're not going to Harvard for free. The discount applies to K-12 too, at least here anyways.
 

Jamesesesesess

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Sheesh, I was 15 and buying things much more expensive than $2000 with cash. I couldn't even get a checking account despite having a fair amount in a savings account. Banks just don't like young people. There's nothing wrong with working your ass off and saving money.

And OP, if you are 15 I would imagine you're a student. Unless you graduated early or something, but in that case I don't know why you're not going to Harvard for free. The discount applies to K-12 too, at least here anyways.
Thanks :) I buy most of my tech with my own
money, besides the phone bill. I prefer independence.

Well online it says k-12 is only for faculty?
 

trikky

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My mom is going to college and so she is eligible for a student discount on the new Retina MacBook Pros. She said I could use her discount because she already has a laptop, but can I use her discount if she isn't there? She sent me pictures of her student ID, drivers license, and a scholarship letter. Could I just show that to the people at the store?
Your mother may buy one laptop each educational year. If she bought one already this year, she can't buy another.

As for you buying it, why don't you have your mum buy it online and ship it to you? Then you can send her the money.
 

w00t951

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A phone call isn't sufficient when considering the price of the machine. Just make it easier on yourself and bring the cardholder along. Remember, the guys at the Apple Store will be skeptical when a 15 year old walks up with someone else's ID and another person's credit card, and then asks to purchase a $2000+ laptop.
 

RedRallyeZ

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not to mention I could easily put my grandparents on the phone to confirm their identity and give Apple permission to use the card.
Thats actually not that easy, and still against policy in most stores.

When I was retail at best buy, we had a scam where people would come in with stolen cards, then say we could call for authorization. Obviously the phone number to call was fake, and we were always told to just input it manually, which forces approval.

Most stores have caught onto this and WILL NOT run a card without the owner present, no exceptions. I would imagine Apple is no different. Since they would have to end up covering the cost if the card owner disputes it, and a 15 year old kid with a ladies card is on the fishy side, I personally would not run if it I was the specialist.
 

AppleDApp

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Do you really need a retina macbook pro? I hope you also get apple care for when any of the custom built non upgradable parts break.
 

RedRallyeZ

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A phone call isn't sufficient when considering the price of the machine. Just make it easier on yourself and bring the cardholder along. Remember, the guys at the Apple Store will be skeptical when a 15 year old walks up with someone else's ID and another person's credit card, and then asks to purchase a $2000+ laptop.
^ Great minds think alike ^
 

Jamesesesesess

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Well if using my grandmas credit card is going to be that big of a deal then whatever, I'll just skip the education discount and buy it with EasyPay.

And to be honest @AppleDApp you don't have the right to tell me what I can and can't buy with my own money.
 

derickdub

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Thanks :) I buy most of my tech with my own
money, besides the phone bill. I prefer independence.

Well online it says k-12 is only for faculty?
I never saw where it said it was for faculty only, I never really looked though. I just know when ever I was getting edu pricing online I saw a K-12 checkbox along side the Higher Education one, so I just figured it worked either way.

And that independence is a great attitude, it really makes you enjoy what you own much more. I can't tell you how many friends I have who were spoiled by their parents growing up. They can barely make it now.
 

AppleDApp

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Well if using my grandmas credit card is going to be that big of a deal then whatever, I'll just skip the education discount and buy it with EasyPay.

And to be honest @AppleDApp you don't have the right to tell me what I can and can't buy with my own money.
Enjoy the computer. Worst case pay full price. 2000-4000$ No biggie.
 

Rhapsody

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Bring your grandmother to buy it with your mom's student ID and there should be no problem.
Parents purchasing on behalf of their child, who is a student currently attending or accepted into a public or private Higher Education Institution in the United States, are eligible to purchase.
 

Vexed

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At 15 I was hoping I could find a car for $2000, much less my second MacBook Pro...
 

Jamesesesesess

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At 15 I was hoping I could find a car for $2000, much less my second MacBook Pro...
As I already said you have no right to tell me what I can and can't buy with my own money so how about you contribute something or leave. I work for a photographer so I actually need a computer that can handle Photoshop amongst other editing tools.

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Bring your grandmother to buy it with your mom's student ID and there should be no problem.
I can't, I'm in a completely different state from where the rest of my family lives. I would've brought both of them if I could but the closest Apple store to our town is on the other side of the state.
 

ladeer

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No, I have the money saved up, some from my 2011 MBP and some just from savings. I'm using my grandma's credit card.

I'm staying at my dad's which is why my mom can't be there. It's in totally different states.
dude you are a kid, they won't check ur student ID or even doubt that you are a student, since you have to be a student by law. how are you NOT a student?? why do u need someone else's credential? lol

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now that we got the fact that 1. you are a student 2. you can get discount on ur own merit, out of the way, i don't understand why people on this board say you cant' buy with cash.

why can't you buy with cash? is there a policy that you can't buy stuff at apple w/ cash?? that's certainly a discrimination against ppl w/ bad credits!!

ok u can always go to safeway and buy american express gift card ($500 denomination). you might lose some transaction fee though (maybe 3%?)

also, i know u don't want to wait 3-4 weeks, but it's not like you can easily find inventory in store either. do you live close by a store? i have a feeling u r gonna take a lot of work to find one.
 

Bwilky

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My mom is going to college and so she is eligible for a student discount on the new Retina MacBook Pros. She said I could use her discount because she already has a laptop, but can I use her discount if she isn't there? She sent me pictures of her student ID, drivers license, and a scholarship letter. Could I just show that to the people at the store?
Online EDU is stupid easy. No questions. If you don't like the idea of waiting 3-4 weeks, still order online just incase you can't find one in store. If you happen to get one, just cancel the online order.
 

Jamesesesesess

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dude you are a kid, they won't check ur student ID or even doubt that you are a student, since you have to be a student by law. how are you NOT a student?? why do u need someone else's credential? lol

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now that we got the fact that 1. you are a student 2. you can get discount on ur own merit, out of the way, i don't understand why people on this board say you cant' buy with cash.

why can't you buy with cash? is there a policy that you can't buy stuff at apple w/ cash?? that's certainly a discrimination against ppl w/ bad credits!!

ok u can always go to safeway and buy american express gift card ($500 denomination). you might lose some transaction fee though (maybe 3%?)

also, i know u don't want to wait 3-4 weeks, but it's not like you can easily find inventory in store either. do you live close by a store? i have a feeling u r gonna take a lot of work to find one.
But the thing with the education discount is that apparently you need to be a college student or k-12 faculty. I don't know if the Apple store would question me but that's what it says on their site.

I didn't bring the cash, but I certainly don't understand why I couldn't pay cash. Sounds like a load of BS to me. I'd think they'd rather take cash than credit.

I'm not far from the 5 Minnesota stores; all within driving distance. I'm only going to be here til Sunday so if I don't get one by then I'm just going to order one.

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Online EDU is stupid easy. No questions. If you don't like the idea of waiting 3-4 weeks, still order online just incase you can't find one in store. If you happen to get one, just cancel the online order.
Yeah I heard that. Like I said in the post above, if I don't get one by Sunday I'm just going to order one online and do that. I'm sure ordering online would make EVERYTHING easier but unfortunately I'm not a very patient person lol.
 
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