Purchasing two MacBooks in one year


macrumors regular
Original poster
Nov 15, 2007
Do many people get stopped purchasing a second notebook?

I want to order a MBP and MBA this week with HE discount from my universities network and receive the gift vouchers with both.

I don't know whether to lump it on one order. When you add both to the cart both vouchers are in the basket with the machines.

Or If I was to set up and buy the second MacBook with my parents name, addres and credit card from the network then they could be a student themselves.


Staff member
May 3, 2009
Apple is a bit relaxed when it comes to verifying education qualifications, so you may be able to buy 2 in a year, but you do have a risk they'll come back and reject your sale. I think the odds are rather low for that however.


macrumors member
Jan 17, 2008
Edinburgh, Scotland
I think you can only buy one item of each type with the discount per year, so you could buy a laptop and desktop, but not two laptops or two desktops.

No idea how they enforce it or check it, but I doubt you could have the MBP and MBA on the same order and get away with it. I'd imagine you should do one as yourself and one as your parents to be safest.


macrumors 6502
Dec 23, 2010
London, UK
I think you can do two separate orders and get the discount and gift voucher for both orders. You can make both others under the same name, I dont think there should be a problem


macrumors 65816
Mar 8, 2009
From Apple UK Higher Education Terms and Conditions:

2.8 The following quantity limits per academic school year apply to purchases on the Apple Online Store for Education:

- Desktop: One (1) may be purchased per academic year
- Mac mini: One (1) may be purchased per academic year
- Notebook: One (1) may be purchased per academic year
- Display: A maximum of two (2) may be purchased per academic year
- Software: A maximum of two (2) per software title may be purchased per academic year
- Apple TV: There is no limit on the quantity of Apple TV purchases per academic year
- iPod: There is no limit on the quantity of iPod purchases per academic year

The above quantity limits apply to purchases of Apple products with a dedicated education discount on the Apple Online Store for Education, Apple on Campus Online Stores, Apple Authorised Resellers or Apple Retail stores. Total product quantities remain the same regardless of where your purchase with a dedicated education discount is made. Apple reserves the right to cancel your order if you have reached these limits. We will inform you if we cancel your order on the above basis. Any payments you have made will be refunded to you.
Like it says Apple reserves the right to cancel your order if they realise. The other risk may be that if you breach the T&Cs they may no honour the three year free warranty on both machines. Whether they would actually do anything about it I don't know. Note however it says "academic year", that isn't defined in the T&Cs so I guess if you got one now and one in September (is that a reasonable time to say the UK academic year starts?) they may have a hard time arguing you breached the T&Cs.

As always, this is information is only and not meant to judge your actions and is my interpretation which I can't guarantee is 100% correct.

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