Is possible to order specific configuration of MBP in local applestore?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by maskov1, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. maskov1 macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    Hi, I'm going to UK for one week. I would like to buy macbook pro 15" 2.8ghz 4gb ram but with 500gb 7200rpm, antiglare display, applecare. Also I am student of Institute of Technology in Brno (Czech republic) so I have ISIC card with student privilegs (x% of discount).

    Apple has student online store where I am able to order this configuration. But I have to pay with credit card. I have family in UK, so I will give them money and they will pay for me that macbook pro. But in order invoice will be their name, so I won't be able to use student discount (also I don't know how to prove that I am student when I use online store).

    Secont possibility is to buy macbook pro in local store in Manchester. MBP 15" + Apple care I think is possible to buy local, but I don't know if they can order me specific configuration so I will be able to use student ISIC card.

    Bad thing is, I have only one week for that.

    Thanks for your time, please give me advice.
  2. XxEjGxX macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2009
    I'm pretty sure you can order custom made ones in the applestores however I think that you'll have to wait a few weeks for the product to be made and shipped in for you [​IMG]
  3. trombonerman macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    The local apple stores only offer stock configurations. They are able to upgrade memory, but that is the extent of customization in the store.
  4. maskov1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    Hmm so, I will have to buy through online store. Do you think can I use student discount in education store? I don't know how to prove that I am student. Also can you tell me apple care worldwide protection will be on my family's friend name? Or that works otherwise.

    Thanks again :)
  5. trombonerman macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2010
    You can use your student discount in the online store. Go to There's a link at the bottom for the ed store. The AppleCare is linked to the computer not to any person.
  6. appleguy123 macrumors 604


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    You can use the discount. I am pretty sure Apple doesn't check too often because of all the people bragging about (committing fraud) get un-owed discounts on their mac by pretending they are students.
  7. maskov1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
  8. iMav macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2008
    Columbus, WI
    I've seen them carry both matte and glossy displays with the various stock configurations. Doesn't hurt to ask.

    Don't worry about upgrading the ram and hdd through yourself some money and do that yourself.
  9. maskov1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    I don't even think about 8gb ram... but 7200rpm I think will be great (256gb ssd of course is so expensive)

    But what about glossy vs antiglare. I have read many topics about this, glossy has better colors, looks better but outside is better to have antiglare.

    Am I right?

    PS: now I am thinking about standart configuration... or maybe another version
  10. angemon89 macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    You need to look at glossy vs antiglare in person. I'd recommend you go into the Apple store to compare the screens. I personally like antiglare because I think it's easier on the eyes.

    Also, I think that the MBP looks better with the antiglare/silver bezel than with the glossy/black bezel. But that's just me.
  11. maskov1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    About AppleCare.. is possible to buy and use applecare (after some period of time) for used macbook?
    That's for sure :)

    EDIT: ohh I've found that: "For up to three years from your computer’s original purchase date"
  12. pukifloyd macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    I think they'll only allow RAM upgrades to you in store...Order it online and you'll be fine...thats what I did for a 17inch MBP

    ps- i think you should wait for january end...there are rumors that the whole notebook line will be updated with better processors!
  13. maskov1 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2009
    Sure I will wait for 26th January.. I am going to be in UK around June/July so macbook upgrade is promissing

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