University professors

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by astudentis, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. astudentis macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2007
    Any university professors online here?

    Okay, so lets say I am a faculty member at a university and want to utilize this education discount do get a free ipod touch, how do I go about it?

    Here is my situation:
    - I have to charge this purchase to my research funding account
    - I have send the purchase through the university's purchasing department for ordering the mac pro + ipod together on the same order?
    - My university needs the original receipt for book keeping...
    - The ITS department receives the order initially when they get it, they open my order when it arrives, and install university's software, and then send me the mac to my office

    So how do i get the rebate? If university needs original copy...(can apple send me two receipts?) and can i add money back to my research fund for the ipod?

    Also does ordering an ipod on a research fund look bad?

    has any one encountered this situation before
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    I might well be wrong about this (the iPod deal has not been formally announced for this year, has it?), but...

    There are at least three major classes of educational purchasers:

    - Students purchasing equipment for personal use
    - Educational employees (faculty / staff) purchasing equipment for personal use
    - Insitutional purchases (i.e. equipment bought by and for the institution)

    What you're describing falls into the last category; the deals like the iPod deal are typically just for the first two categories. You get bumped into the last category definitionally as soon as you're buying the computer with a University purchase order or against a University departmental purchasing credit card / account. The advertised pricing and deals on the Apple Store for Education all apply to the first two categories of purchasers. Once you're in the latter category, your pricing (which will typically be even lower, but will not be eligible for any student promotions) will be determined by your University's buying agreement.

    In other words, unless your university's buyers negotiated a deal to get iPods out of Apple with University hardware purchases (unlikely, because they don't need stacks of free iPods -- it behooves them to go for a lower price), you won't be able to do it.
  3. astudentis thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2007
    the computer purchase will be from my research funding, for my personal use in my office, however it is considered "university property". So does that still make me fall into the 3rd category? (because i am ordering the mac pro to my custom specs, and the university is not buying it in bulk...) I thought i was in the second category.

    ps ipod deal has been announced
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    As I understand it, the way what you just said comes out in purchase agreement language is "blah blah blah blah University Property blah blah blah" and the answer is that it is an institutional and not a personal purchase. It's a personal purchase when you pay for it out of your own pocket. It's an institutional purchase whenever the university, a research contract, etc, pays for it.

    The best people to ask are your IT people or your IT buyer, or Apple, though. I've never heard of someone being able to do what you want, but I've also never tried to do it.
  5. astudentis thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2007
    okay, so in that case, Insitutional purchases, i can not take adv of getting that free ipod?
    ....i guess, you said no in ur previous post

    also where online can i see the prices for the Insitutional purchases?

    ... our university bookstore has exactly the same deals offered on the website for educational personal, how would those deals differ for "institutional purchase"
  6. benlee macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007
    This is your best bet. Will save you the most time and get you the most accurate answers.

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