Education discount to buy two consecutive notebooks??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by happylau, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. happylau macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I bought a Macbook Pro in March and now I'm planning to buy a Macbook in 2 days. Can I use the educational discount again? Can I count it as a new academic year?
    Has anyone bought 2 notebooks with the discount?
    I want to use the back to school promotion so it's important that they don't deny me the rebate!!

    Thanks all!!!

    Some people consider June as start of academic year??...
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I don't think so.. when you hit the EDU site, you're made to "accept" the agreement on how much you can buy in a calendar year, IIRC.

    Ah, "Academic School Year". I don't know. Personally, I wouldn't consider it to be a new Academic School Year until school was about to start for the 08-09 year, so August.

     
  3. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    I think you're allowed two computer purchases per year anyway.
    Edit: but not of the same type (i.e. not two notebooks)
     
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    You might get faster service if you just call Apple and ask.

    Call 1-800-MY-APPLE
     
  5. weg macrumors 6502a

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    Well, just try. If it doesn't work, they'll just refuse to sell you the second laptop...
     
  6. oacory macrumors regular

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    I think a new academic year usually starts July 1st.
    I know it does for my college.
     
  7. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    I remember an older version of the Academic agreement had a date range of July 1 - June 30. Interesting they changed it to "academic year," a much more fuzzy description of the period.
     
  8. happylau thread starter macrumors member

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    In that case I could use my boyfriend's discount, he hasn't bought any computer yet. So could I use his name but my credit card??
     
  9. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

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    I think you could do that.
     
  10. happylau thread starter macrumors member

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    My biggest concern is that they deny me the rebate...
     
  11. keehun macrumors regular

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    I just contacted Apple rep. and she tells me that it goes August till June. So Educational discounts do not count during July. Keep that in mind, its approaching soon.
    keehun
     
  12. Joel Beason macrumors member

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    my girlfriend used my edu discount last summer, so they don't care who it is! (at least at the store, not sure about online)
     
  13. keehun macrumors regular

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    Yeah, it seems loose at the physical stores. I called Minnesota/Southdale (because I live less than 10 miles away from it :D) and the Apple rep on the phone was like "yeah, just bring in an acceptance letter, or any proof that you are enrolled at the school... an ID would be nice, but not required."

    I wish Apple would give highschool students discounts. My friends get the discounts through our college and PSEO friends (like Seniors going to U of M, etc) all the time anyway.

    keehun
     
  14. happylau thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, I called and they told me to wait until July 1st that's when the new academic year starts... I don't know, every time I call they tell me a different thing so...
    I have to buy it this friday anyway!
     
  15. magiic macrumors regular

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    I also wish highschool students got discounts :(
     
  16. Hatchet macrumors regular

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    I asked this same question to the manager at my local Apple store and they told me that it really doesn't matter. Those guidelines usually don't get flagged unless you are really abusing them. The manager told me they allowed a girl earlier in the day to purchase 2 Macbooks with the education discount with no problems.

    So it should work as they don't really condone your business. :)

    As long as you aren't buying 50 at a time, I think you'll be fine.

    If you think about it, families can have more than 1 sibling going to college at once so it only makes sense that they would allow a few over the "rules" per year.
     
  17. rockthecasbah macrumors 68020

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    That no July thing sounds fishy. Also, when i was in store, the Apple employees said that they don't bother with those limit restrictions on the edu discount so it may work for you as well.
     
  18. oacory macrumors regular

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    I bought an iMac during July and it definitely had my education discount on it.
     
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  20. CharlieKirk macrumors 6502

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    I used my older sisters' who is in college now to buy my mac pro yesterday she bought an imac so i asume so.
     
  21. bigjnyc macrumors 603

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    My friend bought 2 macbooks within 3 months apart with her college id at the same apple store and they didnt tell her anything.
     

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