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Rumours sites are reporting that Apple is planning to launch their annual "Back to School" promo next week. Last year's program, which offered eligible students a free 8GB iPod Touch with their qualifying Mac purchase started around the same time, on Tuesday, May 25th.



The promo probably coincides with some of the Apple Retail Store store layout changes that have also been rumoured for this weekend as well as possibly being related to the Apple Store being down last night.

Apple has typically run the promo throughout the summer which helps them clear out inventory of existing iPod Touch's before they've updated them in September, which they have done consistently for the past three years. No word on whether they'll do the same iPod Touch program this time around, but it's a good bet.

The program thus far has only been available directly through Apple online, or at one of Apple's own corporate Apple Stores, shutting out big box stores like Best Buy and Future Shop and independent Apple Resellers from being able to offer the program. Some big box stores have offered their own Mac "education bundles" in the past to that consisted of Apple's Airport Express, a printer and Microsoft Office as an incentive.
 

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Just curious on comments... Anyone take advantage of this program in the past? Do you get your iPod touch right away, or do you have to mail in for it? Do you buy it, and then get a rebate?

You still get the educational price on the Mac, correct?
 

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Just curious on comments... Anyone take advantage of this program in the past? Do you get your iPod touch right away, or do you have to mail in for it? Do you buy it, and then get a rebate?

You still get the educational price on the Mac, correct?
As always, you pay for the iPod Touch upfront, and then do the mail-in rebate for cash back. EDU pricing continues to apply to the Mac.
 

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You do get the Educator price and if I recall correctly, I got the iPod touch right away when I made the purchase through the Apple Store in Edmonton. I wish they would make an iPad deal instead of iPod.
 

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I haven't taken advantage of this deal yet but might this time around (depending on the conditions) since it lines up with a need to upgrade, finally. The first time they offered this deal a few years ago, I think it was that you bought a mac of one variety or another (but not a mini which was excluded) and you also bought an iPod - it didn't matter which one. The trick is that you are credited the value of the iPod that is included in the offer only.

For example, they have a 'free 8gig iPod Touch' included in the offer but I want a 32gig instead. I can buy the 32gig and get the credit for the value of the 8gig leaving me with a 32gig for a reduced price. If, however, I bought a lesser value iPod (say a nano or shuffle) then I would get the value of that iPod back in full but the difference in price (i.e. the amount more that the 8gig costs) does not apply as a credit (i.e. no 'extra cash' comes back my way). Either way, you pay up front and mail away for the rebate - at least you did in the past. Not sure this would work in the blended iOS category and also cover iPads but it would be sweet if it did.

The other thing is that you have to cut the box and send in the UPC to claim the credit in the form of a mail-in-rebate. No big deal unless you decide to flip the iPod to offset the price of the computer and the person who buys the iPod wants an in-tact box.

Oh, and yes, you get the educational price on the Mac - and you have to qualify for the educational price to qualify for the program in the first place.
 

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Just curious on comments... Anyone take advantage of this program in the past? Do you get your iPod touch right away, or do you have to mail in for it? Do you buy it, and then get a rebate?

You still get the educational price on the Mac, correct?
As I recall, you get a free iPod Touch and a free printer ($100 value) in the form of rebate, which they are good about honoring, plus a $100 educational discount on top of that. When I got my MacBook, it was like a $1500 value for about $1050.
 

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I always wondered why they started the promo so early. :confused:
Because University students, whom this campaign is aimed at, are normally out of school in April.
 

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I bought my first Mac this way, and while you do have to put the money up-front, it was totally worth it as the iPod came in the mail quite a bit sooner than my Mac did. Helped with the anxious waiting period somewhat.

Not that it matters anymore, as it looks like Apple is cheaping-out and not offering the iPod's this year. Hard to believe with all the money they're making. :(
 
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