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PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: clay
Date: January 11, 2017 08:24AM
Decided to look into getting Applecare for a machine last evening. Looked at the usual places...b&h, lacomputercompany.com, both of whom I'd purchased from before. After remembering a comment someone here at MRF had made a few weeks back, I decided to see if Apple could beat the best price I had seen. I went to apple.com, found applecare, put in my cart, then in my cart, clicked the "chat" button. I asked if they could do any better on price. The CS agent asked if I had any discounts from working at a company or university or organization that might apply. None. She asked if I had any family members that might qualify....I answered with "well, I have a cousin that works at ______ and another cousin that works at ______" She started checking both of those. Then, I remembered that my mother-in-law works at a university, and that was the ticket. About 25% off normal retail. I'm guessing that's the normal EDU pricing for Applecare, but at any rate, it was worth my effort.

I didn't have to supply any proof, or even share my MIL name. Just mentioning that got the discount.

So, to me it seems like just about any interpretation of "family" would work to nab a discount on applecare. That long lost 3rd cousin that works at a university? Use it! Maybe hardware is more stringent, I don't know. But at least try it on Applecare.
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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: SteveO
Date: January 11, 2017 09:07AM
Sweet!
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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: January 11, 2017 09:22AM
Yes, this works. I got $169 Applecare for my iMac for $119. Better than any price even from "shady" eBay sellers.



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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 11, 2017 09:40AM
We need a list of the EDU places that qualify. grinning smiley





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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: clay
Date: January 11, 2017 09:45AM
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rgG
We need a list of the EDU places that qualify. grinning smiley

I think probably just about every school you can think of would qualify. My MIL works at a small private university, and if that's eligible, probably most others are as well!
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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: rgG
Date: January 11, 2017 09:47AM
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clay
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rgG
We need a list of the EDU places that qualify. grinning smiley

I think probably just about every school you can think of would qualify. My MIL works at a small private university, and if that's eligible, probably most others are as well!

That's sort of what I thought. I need to remember this, if I ever opt for AC





Roswell, GA (Atlanta suburb)
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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 11, 2017 11:03AM
...so it.....just works.....??



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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: clay
Date: January 11, 2017 11:04AM
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NewtonMP2100
...so it.....just works.....??

yup...apple is very good at accepting your money!
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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: Ammo
Date: January 11, 2017 12:19PM
I'm in at $119. Thanks for posting, Clay!



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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: JPK
Date: January 11, 2017 02:17PM
"well, I have a cousin that works at ______ and another cousin that works at ______"

Where do you cousins work?

I have a new MBA and I am thinking about AppleCare too! I might see if I have a "cousin" who works there too!

JPK
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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: decay
Date: January 11, 2017 02:20PM
try Conde Nast publications... they buy a TON of Macs.



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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: clay
Date: January 11, 2017 03:28PM
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JPK
"well, I have a cousin that works at ______ and another cousin that works at ______"

Where do you cousins work?

I have a new MBA and I am thinking about AppleCare too! I might see if I have a "cousin" who works there too!

JPK

US Postal Service and a fortune 500 pharma company. Again, I think the EDU discount that I got because of my MIL is likely more than the discount from what either of the two companies would have offered. Do you know anybody who works at an EDU institution? You can construe "family" to mean an awful lot...



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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: btfc
Date: January 11, 2017 08:41PM
Nice tip, thanks!
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Re: PSA: If you need Applecare, call or chat with Apple for the best price
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: January 12, 2017 08:28AM
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btfc
Nice tip, thanks!



.....that's what she said.....???



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