UK educational discount halved?

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  1. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    Hm. Has anyone else seen this?

    http://store.apple.com/uk-edu/browse/home/shop_mac/family/imac/select?mco=MjIwNTQyNjE

    The educational discount on iMacs in the UK used to be 12%. I know this because the top-end iMac that I bought last October, which should've been £1,649, was £1,452. Plus, AppleCare was reduced from £139 to £34. So, all in, about £1,486.

    Looking at these figures, it seems to me that the discount's been reduced to 6%. And now, AppleCare costs almost £118. Had these been the prices seven months ago, my iMac would've cost me another £180-odd.


    Has anybody in the UK tried to buy one of the new iMacs with the educational discount? Are these figures accurate? I'm asking because it never used to be possible to access these figures away from a university computer - you'd only get the educational pricing from an institutional login, or by phoning the Apple Store hotline - whereas I'm suddenly able to access them from my desk at home. I'm wondering whether (and kinda hoping that...) this is a website screw-up.

    It all seems rather odd. Odd that Apple would cut the discount by such a substantial proportion - which is bound to dissuade some students from buying one - and odd that I can suddenly access this part of the website.

    Cheers,



    DH.
     
  2. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Your looking at a wrong site. HE prices are still intact.
     
  3. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So, is that for sale to educational institutions, or something?
     
  4. daneoni macrumors G4

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    Probably the basic education discount for anyone in education at any level except HE.
     
  5. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. daneoni macrumors G4

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    This is likely why you can access it from home.

    Here are the actual HE discount for the iMac and AppleCare

    Enjoy.

    EDIT: No worries.
     

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  7. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Excellent.

    Thanks for the 'extra mile'. Much appreciated.
     
  8. Ubuntu macrumors 68000

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    Also do note that the applecare is actually just extended telephone support. I'm not at uni at the moment so I can't confirm this but before the refresh you actually got the 3 years warranty standard if you purchased it online from the HE store - the apple care is just for 3 years phone support although I did ask an apple employee if the standard 3 year warranty included on-site support and he wasn't sure. I'd definitely give them a call just to confirm.
     
  9. bcburrows macrumors 6502

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    bought my MBP last week

    calculation done by the apple store guy was

    price * 0.85 (15% off)
    applecare £60

    done
     
  10. Nishi100, May 7, 2011
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    But, now that you've given us that link, couldn't anyone just order it without actually being a student of "University College London?"
     
  11. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nice one, buddy. Good ol' UCL...!


    No, mate. You need to produce university ID. Either in store, or scanned and e-mailed.
     
  12. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

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    It should be pointed out that educational discount vary by institution and you'll almost always get a better discount going through the apple store from your institutions network. To put a figure on it there's almost £200 difference between the standard access from anywhere education store and my uni specific store on a 27 inch iMac with i7, 2gb VRAM and AppleCare. Big difference is the AppleCare, almost a third the price going through uni store.
     
  13. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    For sure. Big, big discounts to be had. As I mentioned upfront, I saved more than £180 on my current baby.

    Is the discount applied to BTOs, too? As in, if one were to add the 2GB 6970m for £80, would that be scaled down to £70.40?
     
  14. smiddlehurst macrumors 65816

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    I think so, yes. Not at work so can't check on the uni store but I think it's a bit less. Not the full discount but every little helps!
     
  15. Ubuntu macrumors 68000

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    Yes, it does scale down.
     
  16. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nice. Thanks, folks.

    So, are we all students, here? Or are you just being super-gracious and coming to the aid of a tax-dodging reprobate...?!
     
  17. Macginger macrumors member

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    Probably the latter, god its grate having a son in higher education, payback time for the fortune he's cost me :D
     
  18. cyberthom macrumors newbie

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    this is interesting indeed.. check out the screenshot below.. it looks like you get 3 years complementary warranty when ordering via the educational store as opposed to 1 year only.. so the apple care bump really is for telephone support only..
     

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  19. dh2005, May 7, 2011
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    dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow... certainly looks that way, huh?!


    Great spot, Ubuntu. Thanks, also, cyberthom.


    Ha! Yeah, my father filled his boots with a top-end MBP in January. On my discount...!
     
  20. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Man. Almost 16% off a Mac Pro... that could give a guy stupid ideas.

    Mind you, do the Xeon processors even do general computy-stuff as well as Sandybridge i5s/i7s? Or are they only particularly good at servery, professional kinda things?


    Also...

    ... cyberthom, where did you get that graphic? Only, when I followed the UCL link in this thread, I couldn't find that. All I could find was the regular one, that showed the hardware warranty expiring after one year.
     
  21. cyberthom macrumors newbie

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    i just followed the link to the educational store and started configuring an imac:
    http://store.apple.com/uk_edu_5000828/configure/MC814B/A?mco=MjIwNTQ0Njk (3 years warranty)

    normal shop:
    http://store.apple.com/uk/configure/MC814B/A?mco=MjIwNTQ0Njk (1 year warranty)

    don't forget to hit the 'Learn more' button in the apple care section
     

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