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Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nrfujnbfvj, May 10, 2011.
Could a UK student get discount in America?
Yes, however you may need a US billing address and/or you might not be able to take advantage of Europe's laws regarding warranties because it was purchased in the US.
really? Why would america give a **** about UK students?
It has been done. Just smile nicely at the guy in the store.
However, the UK uni student discount is better than the USA. You get 14% off and 3 year warranty if you buy online without the need to pay for AppleCare (NOT in store). See http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1103022
It may work out better to buy in the UK.
Take the base 13" MBP - UK student is £860 with free warranty = $1400, US is $1099 + $183 AppleCare + 5% Sales tax (guess) = $1346. You are supposed to declare laptops when you import and pay duties.
EDIT- Plus, as miles01110 said you get better consumer rights buying in the EU. I'd just buy in the UK as there is so little in it.
In Sweden we get 10% off Apples own inventory.
Not with the dollar so cheap. A low end 13" MBP w/ UK student discount is the equivalent of $1400, of course that includes Apple Care. There is an authorized Apple reseller in the U.S. that is selling the same MBP to anyone for $999 (£611) + tax to any customer who wants one.
But even Apple's U.S. Edu price is the equiv of £673 vs. the U.K. prices of £859. So it really comes down to whether you want to buy AppleCare. Apple isn't really giving it away, it's just hiding it in the package price.
Firstly, when you returns you should declare the laptop to customs and pay duties. Of course many people don't and get away with it.
Secondly, AppleCare is really a must when buying abroad. If someone comes back to the UK and the laptop breaks out of warranty they are depending on Apple's generosity only. If you buy in the UK you can force Apple to do a repair using the law if needs be.
Just a heads up, if your at a Uni in the UK, you may qualify for a larger education discount that the standard one - just go via the UK HE Education Routing (I get an extra few % over the standard one and 3-yr warranty thrown in) here - It certainly helps with the higher value purchases, and its surprising how few people know about it (they just go into the store, and don't get this discount in store)
You do not qualify for US Education pricing. You can ask nicely and they may make an exception.