Using someone else's student discount

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Phat Ham, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. Phat Ham macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    I'm about to buy a MBP, but am not a student. I have friends who are students who are willing to let me use their student status to get the discount. If I walk into an apple store with a student friend is there a way I can pay for it and have everything in my name but still get the student discount under the pretense that I'm buying it for my student friend?

    Alternatively, if I give the money to a student friend and have him buy it, will there be any issues with applecare/warranty since i'll be using a computer that was bought by someone else? It's been almost 6 years since I bought my TiBook and I can't remember if I had to give my name, address, etc for warranty purposes when I bought it.
  2. impreza98 macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2008
    You could ask your friend to go to the Apple Store with you and buy it for you. he would get the discount then give the computer to you. You can have him ask the Apple Store to register under your name or his. you can just call up AppleCare later and have them change the ownership information.

    In any case, people buy Macs as gifts all the time and get the names transferred.
  3. Phat Ham thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2008
    Just bought a MBP in store. They didn't care that I was the one buying it and my friend was the one with the ID. He just had to flash his ID and give an email address.

    FWIW, I ended up using my friend's corporate discount since the education discount was only $100 and his corporate discount was 8%, or $160 in this case.
  4. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

    Sep 22, 2006
    Applecare applies to the serial number of the machine, not the person. You can buy it at any time as well, you dont have to get it when you buy the machine. People sell their computers all the time on ebay with applecare still active, there are even stories of people stealing macbooks and then using the Applecare on them.
  5. redmeister macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2007
    good deal congrats. usually they arent too strict on that kinda stuff

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