Doubts about getting a cMBP with student discount

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by b738, Jul 1, 2013.

  1. b738 macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2013
    Hello. I am from spain and I have a friend that is coming to my country so I asked him if he could bring me a cMBP because in the US is much cheaper compared to the spanish price.

    When i am @ the apple website, I click on the educational price, it asks me to put a city and I type boston, I click on any uni and i am in the apple's educational site.

    My plan is to get the 13" cMBP (999$) with 8GB so it adds 90$ to the final price.

    And after taxes the final price is 1157$.

    I need to know if I can just pay it with my spanish credit card and type his adress so he can recieve the cMBP, because I thought that some proof of uni was required to buy with that discount. (my friend studies in a boston's uni, but I dont know which).

    Another doubt that I have is if the upgrades are cheaper when the BTS promo starts.

    So if you have any recommendation, they will be greatly welcome.

    Thank you very much.
  2. SilverOath macrumors member

    Apr 25, 2013

    They will check ID so he won't be able to use your card. If you trust him you could give him money to put on his credit card and he could buy it on his for you.

    I just re-read yours and realized I mis-understood. I don't know what their deal is but suspect they have policies / ways for dealing with people purchasing across borders. You could try talking to an on-line apple sales rep to get more.
  3. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Just a note to improve your English (and it is a very peculiar mistake for someone from Spain): You don't have a "doubt", you have a "question".

    Remember that your friend will have to pay import taxes when entering Spain with your computer. That will destroy most of the cost benefit. And you are not protected by EU consumer laws, because the seller is not in the EU. You will get a US keyboard. The charger will not fit in Spain. Of course your friend may try to smuggle the Mac into Spain, but that gets very expensive if he is caught, and if that happens I'm sure he won't be your friend anymore.
  4. b738 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2013
    Thanks for the english advice.

    The way of gettting the macbook into spain is easy if he doesnt bring it with the original box and he brings it as if it was his personal laptop this wont be a problem.

    The keyboard, when you buy the laptop you can choose spanish keyboard so thats ok. I would only need to get a different plug converter which they are very cheap.

    I still dont understand how apple checks id. Because i believe that the card's name doesnt have to be the student.

    So anyone that knows how they check the student status? Thank you ;)
  5. LoMonkey macrumors regular

    Jul 4, 2008
    You will need to find out what University he goes to first. I'm pretty sure you have to use a edu email when purchasing. (at least I did in 2008) Also, the card doesn't have to match, but I'm pretty sure buying with a Spanish card will incur some exchange fees, so keep that in mind. You shouldn't really have a problem otherwise.

    I just hope you trust this friend enough to actually give you the laptop. He/she can easily just keep it, and you would have no way of getting it.
  6. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    I have purchased a macbook via education last year, using my credit card, but delivered to my neice's address (who is the student).

    No checks whatsoever - went through as smooth as always.
  7. b738 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2013
    Thank you very much :)

    Ill try to pay it from here and bring it to his home directly.

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