UK: Can a Local Apple Store Match The Online Stores HIGHER Education Pricing?

andym172

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The online Apple store offers Education prices (usually around 7-8% off rrp), and a Higher Education price which is not a set percentage, but is dependent on the organisation in question. The higher education discount for my uni is circa 15%.

I've spoken to my local Apple Store who have said that they will match the education price, but not the higher education price on a MacBook or MacBook Pro.

What's the situation here - has anybody been able to have them match the higher education price?

Also, I've read elsewhere that if you have an NUS card you can obtain a 17% discount. Does this apply in store, or only on the online store (via the NUS website)?

Many thanks for any advice :)
 

Spanky Deluxe

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andym172 said:
that if you have an NUS card you can obtain a 17% discount. Does this apply in store, or only on the online store (via the NUS website)?
17%??? Where's that from?!! I've only ever managed to get around a 15% discount through Uni. I had a look yesterday and the discounts on macbooks are exactly the same as they were on ibooks, 14%.

I don't think the Apple store will be able to match it, even if it is one of the very rare genuine Apple stores. The reason being that the HE discount varies from Uni to Uni. I've heard about some people at certain computer orientated colleges can get like a 20-25% discount. The standard educational discount is the same across the board so is far easier to implement.
 

andym172

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Spanky Deluxe said:
17%??? Where's that from?!! I've only ever managed to get around a 15% discount through Uni. I had a look yesterday and the discounts on macbooks are exactly the same as they were on ibooks, 14%.

I don't think the Apple store will be able to match it, even if it is one of the very rare genuine Apple stores. The reason being that the HE discount varies from Uni to Uni. I've heard about some people at certain computer orientated colleges can get like a 20-25% discount. The standard educational discount is the same across the board so is far easier to implement.
Read the 17% here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=2416668&postcount=2

20-25% discount would be :eek: :D The store I'm visiting is a genuine Apple Store so I'm hoping I can convince them to let me have the extra off.

:)
 

arcsbite

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No.
Apple stores in the UK are only authorised to match regular edu discounts (which is why I paid an extra £50 for my iMac as I couldn't afford to wait 2 weeks to have one shipped out)

remember though, there's 3 year warranty coverage on things bought through the HE online store. you'll only get 1 year though edu and/or regular price at the retail stores.

and I'm a multimedia student, with an NUS card.

nusonline's HE store is the best deal i've been able to find.
 

Spanky Deluxe

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Holy crap, that's some incredible news!!

Unfortunately my NUS id is old I think, its on my student card of a a couple of years ago (its still a valid card though). I need to get a new card anyway because its cracked in two and the course details are incorrect.
 

arcsbite

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Spanky Deluxe said:
Holy crap, that's some incredible news!!

Unfortunately my NUS id is old I think, its on my student card of a a couple of years ago (its still a valid card though). I need to get a new card anyway because its cracked in two and the course details are incorrect.
all you need is your NUS number, use this to register at nusonline.co.uk and it'll take you to the dedicted HE store with bargains aplenty

beware...this usually results in mass spending :D
 

EricChunky

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No. You cant get HE discount, just regular 8% crappy student discount.

But you can drop and replace for a new one if you got into troubles

if you order it online, you will have to send and wait and send and wait

btw... HE has free applecare
 

arcsbite

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EricChunky said:
No. You cant get HE discount, just regular 8% crappy student discount.

But you can drop and replace for a new one if you got into troubles

if you order it online, you will have to send and wait and send and wait

btw... HE has free applecare
are you sure about that?
it seems insane that apple would refuse to replace an apple product just because you bought it from them online, though I guess that would go part way to explaining the discount.

and, for the record, it's not apple care, it's just a 3 yr warranty, there is an option to upgrade to apple care for a massively reduced rate (I think about £50 on systems)
 

Spanky Deluxe

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arcsbite said:
are you sure about that?
it seems insane that apple would refuse to replace an apple product just because you bought it from them online, though I guess that would go part way to explaining the discount.

and, for the record, it's not apple care, it's just a 3 yr warranty, there is an option to upgrade to apple care for a massively reduced rate (I think about £50 on systems)
Hold on a minute.... does that mean that the Mini I bought through my Uni's educational store is covered under warranty for three years... so if the hard drive dies in two years time all is fine. I don't need to buy Apple Care at all and is the same true for my mate who just bougt an iMac 20"? Sorry if I seem naive but if that is true then you're info has just saved my mate and me the however much it is to buy Applecare on our macs!!!

Also, since I can't get into the NUS site right now due to my nus being expired, could you go on there and tell me how much the Mini Core Duo, Macbook White middle model, Macbook 15.4" 2.16, Powermac Quad and 30" ACD cost, all as the base models?
 

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Hold on a minute.... does that mean that the Mini I bought through my Uni's educational store is covered under warranty for three years... so if the hard drive dies in two years time all is fine. I don't need to buy Apple Care at all and is the same true for my mate who just bougt an iMac 20"? Sorry if I seem naive but if that is true then you're info has just saved my mate and me the however much it is to buy Applecare on our macs!!!

Also, since I can't get into the NUS site right now due to my nus being expired, could you go on there and tell me how much the Mini Core Duo, Macbook White middle model, Macbook 15.4" 2.16, Powermac Quad and 30" ACD cost, all as the base models?
like I said, it's not applecare, just an extended warranty, I'm not sue what the difference is, but I know it covers most things (I think you lose things like phone support)
there's actually a thread or two about it here at MR if you have a search.

Mini Core Duo - £539.33
Macbook (White, middle) - £773.15
MBP 2.16ghz - £1,444.08
Quad - £1,977.53
ACD 30" - £1,493.43
 

Spanky Deluxe

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arcsbite said:
Mini Core Duo - £539.33
Macbook (White, middle) - £773.15
MBP 2.16ghz - £1,444.08
Quad - £1,977.53
ACD 30" - £1,493.43
Oh arse, those are the same prices as through my normal HE discount. :( There was me thinking I could get an extra couple of percent off. :(
 

Zoowatch

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Just NO...

none of the UK Apple Store will do that

in fact... they won't even completely match the normal education education.
instead, they will offer you a price which is slightly higher than the education price.

buy from the online store instead!
 

drlunanerd

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Spanky Deluxe said:
Oh arse, those are the same prices as through my normal HE discount. :( There was me thinking I could get an extra couple of percent off. :(
I've got a present for you :) :
http://www.quidco.com/applestore/

Viola! Another 3% off. Yes, it does work if you go through to your HE store after using the Quidco link. Best to clear your cookies first.

Up until April you could also stack the Egg Money card 5% discount too - a grand total of 22% off Apple hardware :eek: Crying shame that's ended now, but hey, this is still a stonking deal.
 

andym172

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Zoowatch said:
Just NO...

none of the UK Apple Store will do that

in fact... they won't even completely match the normal education education.
instead, they will offer you a price which is slightly higher than the education price.

buy from the online store instead!
I actually ended up getting more than the normal education discount off my MacBook.

Ask and ye shall receive it appears :)
 

EricChunky

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arcsbite said:
are you sure about that?
it seems insane that apple would refuse to replace an apple product just because you bought it from them online, though I guess that would go part way to explaining the discount.

and, for the record, it's not apple care, it's just a 3 yr warranty, there is an option to upgrade to apple care for a massively reduced rate (I think about £50 on systems)
the promotion jst started around a month ago... so if you buy ur mini earlier... u'r out of luck... :rolleyes: