Edu Discount makes high end 15" MBP easier UK

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  1. wwe2008 macrumors 6502

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    With the education discount you get with a NUS card (15% off listed on NUS website) then the high end 15" MBP is only £1,571.65 so thats about £20 extra for the better CPU. GPU etc. The online apple help says that the NUS is enough proof in store to get discount and so its quite a good deal
     
  2. applemike macrumors 6502

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    Hmmm this would mean a lot to me, Let me know if they accept the NUS in store as proof please.
     
  3. nc26 macrumors newbie

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    does it have to be an NUS card? will any old uni id card work? in stores ofc
     
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  5. wwe2008 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes I just listed the 15% advertised, the online help would not tell what what discounts apply where. As for cards I think NUS, uni ID cards etc will be fine as long as you can prove that you are a student
     
  6. Sarngate macrumors regular

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  7. wwe2008 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so in store with a NUS card what discount will you get?
     
  8. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    It varies as Apple staff are not sure of the rules! Some get 4% (normal students) some get the same 15% you get online. Luck of the draw!

    The most important thing is this-

    UK students purchasing online or over the phone through the education stores get a 3 year parts and labour warranty and standard, it is very similar to Applecare but doesn't include phone support. This is not the case in store.
     
  9. superdudeo macrumors regular

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    This is not true, the discount is not arbitrary; the 15% is applicable in store for higher education students or a lesser percentage for other students. They only require minimal proof.
    Over the phone it's 14% for higher education but with the 3 year warranty as described. Also you might be able to get free printer over the phone too which I sold for £50.
     
  10. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, I should have been clear- you are correct in that there are rules, I'm saying Apple staff often get them wrong!

    As far as I am aware UK university students get ~15% off in store, UK college/school students get ~5%. The staff are usually good on this point I believe.

    UK uni students don't get a 3 year warranty in store. However, some people are told they do get the 3 year warranty (one of my friends was, and had to correct him!), some people get charged ~£40 for Applecare (same price as online) and some get charged normal Applecare less the 15% discount.

    The safest bet is simply to buy online/over the phone. Then you can just drag up the written T&Cs on the Apple website and it is in black and white!
     
  11. wwe2008 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well what proof is needed online/ over the phone. Is it just a case of scanning my card and sending it?
     
  12. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    They do exactly that with some random people as a spot check, but not everyone. Online you have to be connected to your uni network- it checks the IP address.
     
  13. wwe2008 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ill do it over the phone! dont trust putting my details in to any computer but mine! So is it a different number I call for education and what sort of questions are asked? never ordered over the phone before let alone with edu discount! :D
     
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    The number is currently 0800 912 0207 (although that may be old so you could try 0800 072 1154). Just make sure you mention you are a student and which uni (99% are eligible, but there are a few odd ones that are not!). They may ask a few questions just to see what you want to do with it (it must be at least partly used for you to study). It isn't scary though- they want your money!

    They may tell you that there is no 3 year warranty as standard as some Apple staff don't know the rules. However, the HE Contract does apply and it says so quite clearly here-

    http://store.apple.com/Catalog/uk/Images/salespolicies_individualHE.html s.2.2, s.10.1.1

    By the way, you don't have to be on a uni computer, connecting to their internet or via a VPN is usually enough.



    EDIT- Please let me know if the first phone number works, I got it from s.2.2.2 of the T&Cs so I'm curious to see how up to date they are. Thanks!
     
  16. davie18 macrumors regular

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    Everyone can get 3% off if they buy online by clicking on a link to the apple store from quidco.

    So say it's £1,550, that makes a saving of £46.50. Not a huge amount but every penny counts!
     
  17. Scorpia macrumors newbie

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    What happens if you use the education website and get 15% but you arent a student?
     
  18. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    You have to be on the university network to purchase, an Apple do randomly check a few people by asking for proof of student status. There is a good chance they well never find out (not advocating it though!).

    Worst case scenario- Apple find out and sue you for breach of contract, misrepresentation or fraud.
     
  19. O.G.Q macrumors newbie

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    i just wanted to ask if you guys thought it was worth paying the extra £40 for the phone support do you really ever need it if you have the 3 year warranty ?
     
  20. iStudentUK macrumors 65816

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    Why bother with the phone when you have MacRumors? :D

    I have never felt the need for it, any problem can be solved with Google or MR.

    It does impact on resale value if you can foresee selling it within 3 years- saying you have X months Applecare left is very useful.
     

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