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iPods Can be Free

Sept 02, 2008

By Greg Gazin - Apple Gaziní - G4 Canada

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iPods Can be FreeEvery year Apple dangles carrots for qualifying higher education, college and university students offering up juicy tidbits, discounts and even bonuses like free iPods. And this year is no exception. So if you’re after a Mac for back-to-school anyway, these are offers really hard to resist

First and unbeknownst to some, you may qualify to get better prices than the average Joe on select Mac models from the Apple Canada On-line Store. With an Educational discount, you save $50 on an iMac, $100 on a MacBook or MacBook Air and $200 on a MacBook Pro. That’s for starters. And right now, purchase a qualifying iPod any colour 8GB Nano on the same invoice and enjoy a $209 rebate or  $319 on any of the 8GB, 16GB or 32GB iPod Touch models after filling in and sending in the rebate form.

Doing a quick calculation, if you buy the 8GB Nano or 8GB iPod Touch, it will end up being free after rebate and the 16GB and 32GB will cost you only $100 or $200 respectively. So if the 8Gb Touch isn’t sweet enough, you can pay the difference and get a 16GB or a 32GB model.

The educational discounts on the Mac models are good anytime. However, the free iPod offer is only good until September 15th, 2008.


Staff May Qualify Too

The discounts and rebates extend beyond just students. There are a number others that qualify for these great deals, including staff, employees, individuals from qualified home schools and more. Visit Apple website for more details.

Beyond Apple Products

As a student, there are also other vendors that are happy to offer you educational discounts, but you just have to find them.  And many of these offers are not just limited to hardware.

iPods Can be FreeBest Buy Canada doesn’t appear to offer specific educational discounts on the computers themselves, but their recent weekly flyer offers students a “Free Essentials” bundle, a $200 value, which includes an Airport Express, HP Colour Inkjet Printer, iWork’08 installed by their Geek Squad.

Software is another item you’ll often see discounted for educational use and often these golden carrots would make even Bugs Bunny go back to school.

Adobe Creativity Suite 3.3 Design Premium retails for $2,249.95, with an educational price of $749.95. But if you purchase it with a qualifying Mac you get the entire suite for only $449.95. Similar offers are also available other Creative Suite configurations and Photoshop CS3 Extended.

Microsoft Office for Mac sells for over $400. The Mac Home and Student Edition can be had for as little as $199.95 and $179.95 with purchase.

There are a number of others at The Apple Store for Education, but you may also want to check with you favourite retailer and even the computer stores on your local campuses.

There are certainly ways to help your budget go just a little more further – but make sure you do your homework – pardon the pun. While some vendors and retailers do a great job advertising promotions and discounts for students, many of the real carrots are hidden like Easter eggs.

Greg Gazin can be reached at  gadgetguy “at” telus “dot” net


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