Do you really have to be a student to use the Student Discount?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Greenhoe, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. Greenhoe macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2008
    I Just purchased a 24 ACD off the apple student discount site and all I was asked was the name of my university.

    Do you even really have to be a student to use the apple student discount store because they didn't ask for anything besides the name of my School and it seems like anyone can just go in there say they go to a school and use the discount.
  2. kastenbrust macrumors 68030


    Dec 26, 2008
    North Korea
    They normally check your details with your school/college after ordering and if they dont find anything then they call you to ask you for more information.
  3. aethelbert macrumors 601

    Jun 1, 2007
    Chicago, IL, USA
    Yes you must be a student or an educator (hence the rules which are clearly stated). Many people abuse that don't qualify abuse the discount and that will likely make it either fade away or become less beneficial in the future. A limited number of people get audited for further information and if it cannot be provided, they are charged the full price.
  4. Moriarty macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2008
    That's just plain dishonest. If you aren't a student, you don't qualify for the education discount, so you shouldn't be trying to get it.

    Shame on you. I hope they pull you up for it.
  5. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    They used to do random/spot checks, so you take a bit of a risk, and it's attached to your Apple account forever.

    It depends a lot on what country you're from. In some countries, you need to pick your university, and then you'll be asked for your student number. That's it. In other countries, you just need to select your state/province, and the university, and you'll be taken to your university's store on the Apple website. It may even say the name of your university at the top of the store's page.

    However, they do random checks in many places. I know they do in the US and Canada.
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I've had to show my student ID once for an online purchase and show a recent schedule another time for an online purchase. In-store purchases always required my valid ID.

    Three other purchases made online were never checked. My first one however was.
  7. dtx macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2009
    i had a friend come to the Apple Store with me and use her ID. Saved me a ton of money, and got her a iPod Touch for cheap too!
  8. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    order it on line and stop posting question for the nanny squad here to castigate you. I've ordered it here when I was in undergrad, when I was out of school, now I'm in grad school at the moment.
  9. blitzraider macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2009
    In some countries they don't check

    I just ordered the 17incher from the online store here in HK. They don't ask anything at all. The thing is many people here in HK beleive the education discount is only accessible through schools. But in fact, the online store is barely regulated.

    It really depends on the country I guess

    I can't wait!
  10. brop52 macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2007
    It isn't regulated because Apple is lenient about many things the ed store being one of them along with user licenses for the OS and other software. Unfortunately, it also seems like Apple is reducing the education price drops (as seen in the latest Apple notebooks).
  11. Greenhoe thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2008
    I am an actual student, I was just staying that there was no checks to make sure that I wasn't lying and that if I wasn't a student it would of been just as easy for me to purchase it with the student discount.
  12. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    They do check after purchases made with associated school on a random basis.
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    The checks for the Education Discount are random, but the Student Developer Discount must be approved directly.
  14. Zedsdead185 macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2006
    Probably because too many people are using it when they are not actually students. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE! :D
  15. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Probably why they also got RID of the iPod education discount a few years back.
  16. millerj123 macrumors 65816

    Mar 6, 2008
    In '95, I had to produce my student ID to buy my Powerbook. Since I was a student, it was no problem.

    It's one of those "the few will ruin a good thing for the many" type situation.

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