How strict is Apple with Student Discounts in the US?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DashSatan, May 26, 2015.

  1. DashSatan macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2011
    I still have my student ID from college, though I'm 25 and it's a little old. If I order my MacBook online and have it ship to the store and choose the education discount, how strict are they with checking the information? Will I even need to show my ID or anything at the store?
  2. magbarn macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    Probably store/employee dependent. My bro-in-law who's in grad school had to show his student id when we picked up his MBA.
  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Technically speaking, what you want to do is fraud.

    With that said, they do random spotchecks at the time of order.
  4. ApoorvPrem macrumors regular


    Dec 25, 2011
    How much discount do they give in USA? In India here, its 6%.
  5. gordian macrumors member

    May 3, 2010
    I placed an order over the phone directly with Apple. When I mentioned some problems I'd had with my previous order, the representative saw that I had several case numbers regarding those issues and offered me a $200 discount (pretty hefty for Apple).

    After I placed the order I asked the representative how they were able to offer that discount (because the most I'd seen offered through a courtesy promo code was around $100). They said, "well, to be honest, I just gave you the educational discount."

    Now who's committing the fraud? (Hint: technically, still me)
  6. bds120, May 26, 2015
    Last edited: May 26, 2015

    bds120 macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2013
    Well I must of got lucky. I just used my school and it was shipped to me. Its already left and going to be held at UPS location as I just changed it in route so it would not be just sitting at my front door.

    I just added my school...went through the pages, ordered and it shipped.

    Ordered MAXED out everything 2015 15in MBP. Total $3168 before taxes with free shipping using the school and would of been $3548 before taxes and free shipping if would of purchased regular.

    Differences was

    $180 for updating to 2.8gz where its $200 non-student
    $450 for updating 1TB SSD where its $500 non-student
    $239 for adding AppleCare where its $349 non-student

    I was expecting them to make me use my school email or something and it didnt even ask.
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    I'm not sure I follow your reasoning here, so I'll resort to using a dictionary:

    noun: fraud; plural noun: frauds

    wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.

    Apple willingly, and knowingly gave you a discount. You did not try and pretend to be a student or faculty member when you were not in order to get that discount.

    No fraud there, just good CS.
  8. austinpike macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2008
    If you order from an online reseller that offers a slight discount and doesn't charge sales tax in your state you can often do better than the Apple student price (since Apple always charges tax.) Or you can get a Best Buy 10% off coupon from your local post office mover's guide (or buy one for a few bucks on eBay.)

    B&H is generally cheapest for Applecare (ex. $244 for the 15") - so again no real .edu savings.

    * some may mention that technically you are supposed to pay sales tax in to your state if the retailer doesn't charge it. Or if you go the Best Buy route and aren't actually moving, well maybe that is fraud too...
  9. sebseb macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2014
    Apple Logic= A student can afford/needs a 3500 laptop!! hahaha
    You must need 1TB for those "Studies/class notes" Folders right?? get it??
  10. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    I bought my Apple Care plan in Brazil with student discount, but Apple never asked me for a proof, although I'm a postgraduate student.
  11. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    If you use a .edu (or your country's equivalent) email address, that usually suffices as proof. If you're using something like a Gmail or Yahoo account, then they usually ask for a student ID to verify eligibility.
  12. Kal-037, May 26, 2015
    Last edited: May 26, 2015

    Kal-037 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2015
    Depends on the day, but usually I live all over.
    I'm going back to school this fall but don't have my school ID yet, I got 200 off, Apple didn't ask for an ID (I think they should have as fraud ruins everything.) Next thing you know Apple will require current School ID with Drivers License (in person) because of fraudulent acts.
    (sorry I come from a Fraud Investigtor/Police Officer dad, if you've ever seen the TV show "Psych" that's my life minus the fake psychic stuff, lol.)

  13. Mr Retina macrumors regular

    Mr Retina

    Jun 5, 2013
    Just do a in-store personal pickup through the online education store. Some people check ID, and some don't. They won't check student ID if you do a personal pickup, they only check DL only to validate that its you..

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