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While researching PC laptops with my boyfriend(not for me for him) I noticed that every site wanted a school ID number to verify that you were actually a student before letting you even look at education pricing. However, on Apple's site they just ask you for the name of your school. I was wondering if anyone could tell me if they ask for a student ID number or anything else of that nature when you actually order your macbook? Any response would be great

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I recently just bought my MBP with an education discount and they didn't ask for any sort of identification.
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They do not ask for anything other than the school name, and at checkout you need to check to agree that it is an education purchase and agree to the terms. They could verify, but I am not sure how much that happens.
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Apple, at least the retail stores, are pretty lenient from my experience. I've purchased three iMacs and a Macbook Pro in the past year (two iMacs were for my family) and I was able to get the education discount for all of them even though I'm only supposed to get it for one desktop and one laptop per year. All I had to show was some proof that I was a teacher (I used my California Teachers' Association card).
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They do conduct verification. If the school doesn't have a record of you as a student, they will bill you for the difference.

Besides, fraud is wrong.
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I have purchased 2 Macs online with the education discount, 1 using the 'buy a Mac get a free ipod touch' promotion. They have not asked for verification. With the economy the way it is, they'll take a sale any way they can get it.
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well I'm not looking to fool apple I really am going to be a college this fall so I shouldn't have any problem, its just I wanted to make sure because I don't have my student ID number yet

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I have bought a few items both in-store and on line using the education discount. In-store my children have had to show their school ID's. On line you just pick the school that you or your children are attending. I don't believe that Apple has any way to verify on line education purchases.
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I bought my MB last year through Apple Store using the education discount, and they send me an email asking for my name, university and copies of my registration and student card.
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I have bought a few items both in-store and on line using the education discount. In-store my children have had to show their school ID's. On line you just pick the school that you or your children are attending. I don't believe that Apple has any way to verify on line education purchases.
They do. They can demand proof from you, and they can follow up with the school's registrar. The terms of sale state that you will be billed for the difference if they find you are not actually enrolled.

You may get lucky, but like I said...fraud is wrong, and discussion of illegal activity is prohibited here.
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They do. They can demand proof from you, and they can follow up with the school's registrar. The terms of sale state that you will be billed for the difference if they find you are not actually enrolled.

You may get lucky, but like I said...fraud is wrong, and discussion of illegal activity is prohibited here.
Im not looking to get lucky I am a college student and I will be able to give them that info when and if they ask for it. I didn't post this as "how can I scheme apple into giving me an educational discount when Im not actually qualified" so I cant help it if other people have discussed using the discount wrongly. I just wanted to know if I had to have the info on hand when ordering it so I could find it out prior to that day. It seems to me that the checks are random because if your theory was true then all the people who responded would have had to get an email asking for verification.

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You do not have to have the info on you, when you checkout you just need to check the box saying you agree to the terms.
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If you are really concerned, contact the school as you should have a student number associated with you already. It's already mid-July so you should have records associated with you.

If you can't get that, go to an Apple store and bring something to verify your enrollment such as a registration form, timetable or at the very least, a letter of acceptance/letter of welcome.

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Can't speak for Canada or elsewhere, but here in the Dallas - Fort Worth area of Texas, the folks at the local Apple stores do require proof for a "non profit usage" purchase, but no proof for education pricing. They only want to know which school or school district you're in. With the vastness of this area and with regard to the number of schools in any given district, it would be virtually impossible for them to check out each sale.

Makes me wonder but I guess since even high school and middle school students qualify (and they will not normally have a student number or other identity) that the policy of showing proof of student status has become rather lenient. Let's also remember that it's usually Mom or Dad who is making the purchase for the student.

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They do. They can demand proof from you, and they can follow up with the school's registrar. The terms of sale state that you will be billed for the difference if they find you are not actually enrolled.

You may get lucky, but like I said...fraud is wrong, and discussion of illegal activity is prohibited here.
If you are inferring that I suggested any fraud or illegal activity by quoting me you are dead wrong and its unappreciated. I simply stated my experience in ordering from Apple Education and in store for my two school aged children.
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