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Apple Store B&M experience - Veterans's Discount - not so much
Posted by: flareslow
Date: October 17, 2020 09:30AM
When I heard about the Military & Veterans discount program, I went online and found I was eligible based on prior service and assumed it would be available at the Apple Store in the nearby Mall. My son wanted a new Apple watch, so we made an appointment and went in. At first the salesman said the in-store discount was only 6%. We decided that was ok, and we went ahead with the purchase. Walking back to the car, we checked the emailed receipt and found that there was no discount applied, only a trade in credit for the old watch. We went back into the store, returned the watch and were issued gift cards for the purchase and the trade in.

We went home, went online and made the purchase, using the gift cards as payment. We were able to get the full 10% online. It covered the sales tax. The online store appears to check your eligibility each session and does not add any "status" to your Apple ID.

Others' experiences may vary.

Mike
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Re: Apple Store B&M experience - Veterans's Discount - not so much
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 17, 2020 10:10AM
I've ordered an S6 with the 10% discount online.

It appears to me that ID.me initially verifies and establishes eligibility for the Veterans and Military Purchase Program, and then Apple confirms that eligibility each time one accesses the program.

So, log into ID.me, then allow them to share one's verification with Apple.

It would be a tick smoother if we didn't need to authorize ID.me to share that info each time, but for a 10% discount, I'll deal with it.

I didn't notice anything that implied or stated it was online only so that's interesting, and good to know.

As Mike noted it pays the sales tax, and in my county in CA, that's 9.25%.

If I bank the leftover .75%, after several purchases I'd have enough for a latte, if I drank lattes.

Add the 3% discount for using Apple Pay and it beats B&H's PayBoo deal on Apple kit, or anything from the Apple Store.

I wish the program were available in the store, but I find it enough, and honestly somewhat touching that Apple acknowledges service past and present.

Likewise, I also appreciate the mandate for the USPS to fly the POW-MIA flag along with the US flag.




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Re: Apple Store B&M experience - Veterans's Discount - not so much
Posted by: sekker
Date: October 17, 2020 10:38AM
We thank you for your service, MRFer vets.
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Re: Apple Store B&M experience - Veterans's Discount - not so much
Posted by: pinkoos
Date: October 17, 2020 11:33AM
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We thank you for your service, MRFer vets.

agree smiley



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Re: Apple Store B&M experience - Veterans's Discount - not so much
Posted by: Bill in NC
Date: October 17, 2020 01:03PM
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We thank you for your service, MRFer vets.

agree smiley

+1000

and thanks for the link...sent it to my (active duty) kid.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/17/2020 01:03PM by Bill in NC.
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