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Save OVER $1000 off the new MacBook Pro! (Also save big on the New Mac Air, and MacBook)

Posted By: AussieMarkMelb, posted 2008/10/29 18:20
To celebrate BuckScoop's birthday I am sharing this secret to get an unbeatable deal off the new MacBook Pro.

If you're a student, or you know a Student you can purchase a student membership to the apple developers connection for A$ 119.00 (GST inclusive):
http://store.apple.com/au/browse/adc

What most people dont know is that this membership entitles you to 1 heavily discounted life time purchase from the developers store:
http://store.apple.com/au_epp_55827

MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2.8GHz, 4GB, 128GB SSD
-SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
-2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
-128GB Solid State Drive
-Accessory Kits
-Keyboard & User's Guide
-4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB


A$ 5,279.00 with GST (through normal apple store)
A$ 4,222.90 with GST (through developers connection)

= A$ 1056 Discount! (Thats without the 3% Buckscoop Cashback!)

Personally I would go the 320GB Serial ATA @ 7200 [Subtract A$ 575.30]

NOTE:
You can try printing out the quote and taking it to JB HiFi or Officeworks to see if they will match or beat the offer by 5%. I think it is unlikely but worth a try. Officeworks has been beating Catch of the Day's external hard drive prices by 5% (with a simple print out).

Remember if you depart the country within 30 days remember to claim back the gst through the tourist refund scheme.

http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=4646

You can try using the developers store without being a member or a student but the purchase may not go through (see below).

Terms:
"Student Members may take advantage of a special, one-time hardware discount per lifetime (this benefit is non-renewable and subject to change). You must verify your student status and hold an active ADC Student Membership before ordering hardware. Orders will be cancelled if student status has not been verified"

(The biggest discount is with the MacBook Pro and the Air, and decreases for the MacBook. A discount also applies to things like the Time Capsule and other Mac products so it is best to buy all at once)
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$4,222.90Get deal
  • nod2008/10/29 18:34:40
    hot vote from me :)
    I did not know they gave you one 'big' discount! Excellent :)
  • admin2008/10/29 19:08:16
    yea I'd always thought that it was just an edu discount but not that there was one large entitlement. Now where is that Air I want
  • AussieMarkMelb2008/10/29 20:30:19
    =)

    Yeah I found this out after some heavy research recently. hah one of my friend's just spent over $4000 on a mac. Pity he didn't know about this offer...

    I would be really interested to know what would happen if you printed out the quote and took it to JB HiFi or Officeworks. I imagine they would be shocked at the price and would have to check with a manager.

    I'm surprised the Apple website actually lets you go through the cart process before checking to see if you are a member of the developer connection or even a student.
  • geo782008/10/29 23:33:02
    sorry, but i don't see the deal in this. if you go through the EDU site for Apple, you get the same configuration for MacBook Pro for A$ 4,397.00, so you end up paying almost the same after you consider the membership fee.....

    EDIT: ok, i'll take that back...i didn't notice that you upgraded to 2.8ghz. please update your deal post. i guess the prices are also mismatched...
  • AussieMarkMelb2008/10/29 23:50:01
    Hi Geo,

    Sorry not sure what you mean? Update my Deal post. It always said 2.8 (maxed specs)

    With Education Discount Only - Same Specs as Above MacBook Pro A$ 4,830.00 GST Inclusive So thats a difference of $500
  • geo782008/10/30 00:00:09
    in your deal post you included "MacBook Pro, 15-inch, 2.5GHz, 4GB, 320GB", which made me think that the CPU is only 2.5GHZ. also, you said "A$ 5,279.00 with GST (through developers connection), A$ 4,222.90 with GST (through normal apple store)". is not the other way around?


    AussieMarkMelb
    Hi Geo,

    Sorry not sure what you mean? Update my Deal post. It always said 2.8 (maxed specs)

    With Education Discount Only - Same Specs as Above MacBook Pro A$ 4,830.00 GST Inclusive So thats a difference of $500
  • AussieMarkMelb2008/10/30 00:01:44
    Sorry Geo,

    haha you are absolutely correct =)

    I kept looking at the other text. I wrote both 2.5ghz and then below it 2.8ghz. I kept looking there. My apologies! and thank you for picking up on it.

    Extremely sharp eyes! haha I thought I was going crazy, definitely time to sleep.
  • queenshrew2008/10/30 09:45:40
    Remember if you depart the country within 30 days remember to claim back the gst through the tourist refund scheme (http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=4646)


    How's that work? I can claim back GST if I go on vacation overseas even if I'm coming back and am not a tourist? :D
  • AussieMarkMelb2008/10/30 09:51:24
    Correct Queenshrew,

    Provided you have the receipt and if it is over $1000 you must have your name and address on the receipt.

    I believe you may also need the original packaging on departure but not on re-entry. Please check out the website for more information, but it is a great little scheme most people dont know about.

    **Edit**

    Queenshrew I noticed the ) was interferring with the correct TOurist refund website, so I have removed the brackets and now it should take you to the correct site.
  • queenshrew2008/10/30 09:53:32
    Nevermind..I found it lol (Doh I can't use it.. hehe!)

    Bringing the goods back into Australia

    If the goods are to be brought back into Australia, please be aware that they may be subject to GST. Normal passenger concessions apply and include any items for which a TRS claim has been approved (excluding most personal items such as new clothing, footwear and articles for personal hygiene and grooming). If the value of those goods together with overseas purchases exceeds the passenger concession, the goods must be declared to Customs on your return to Australia. Penalties apply to undeclared taxable goods.


    ----
    Oops didn't see your post above me :D Thanks Aussie hehe
  • AussieMarkMelb2008/10/30 09:57:26
    QueenShrew I think the normal concession per person is $900 (so if you have a family or someone travelling with you then even better)

    But many people have said if the item is opened / used then there are never any problems on re-entry.

    You can always double check with them though.

    http://www.customs.gov.au/webdata/resources/files/GuideForTravellers.pdf Check this out for specifics

    Should I make a new deal for this tourist refund scheme? I have been travelling my whole life and never knew this.
  • queenshrew2008/10/30 09:59:41
    AussieMarkMelb
    QueenShrew I think the normal concession per person is $600 or $900 I dont remember (so if you have a family or someone travelling with you it is more)

    But many people have said if the item is opened / used then there are never any problems on re-entry.

    You can always double check with them though.


    LOL That sounds good... :innocent:
  • AussieMarkMelb2008/10/30 10:05:00
    I just edited my post above for you. It is $900 per person and I gave a specific link to the booklet for more information
  • queenshrew2008/10/30 10:28:30
    AussieMarkMelb
    I just edited my post above for you. It is $900 per person and I gave a specific link to the booklet for more information


    Thanks aussie..will go have a look now :D

    I can just see myself carrying a truckload to the customs at the airport...claim all GST then on my way back from the airport - insist none is new rofl.. Hope they don't throw me into a jail cell ahhaha
  • AussieMarkMelb2008/10/30 10:34:36
    haha go for it.

    and you're very welcome.
  • morricio2008/11/01 03:11:46
    look to be honest with you guys - i have used the TRS scheme for years. Ive done laptops, ipods, video cameras, still cameras. You name it. There is NO way they ever check that $900 concession thing.

    I.E. There is no real way the customs worker at arrivals can find out that you got the GST refunded on an Item at Departures without doing some serious digging - also there's no way for them to prove it's the same item you took with you, And that you then brought it back into the country, therefore exceeding the $900 concessions. Nor are they really interested in that stuff. They really only care about People bringing in pests etc.

    The $900 concession is really a guideline, to stop people importing things in Bulk (i.e a few hundred laptops). A couple of ears ago i rang up customs to debate this, and how they could possibly work out if you had got the GST back on a specific Item, where the laptop came from, how they could prove it etc. And she said honestly there is no way, and nor do they or can they really check it.

    The moral here is - if you Buy a laptop worth $3000 and get the GST off it and bring it back into the country and you're worried about exceeding the $900 Concession - Get a life! As most seasoned travellers will know customs have far more important things to worry about than petty GST Concessions. Like Pests, Food and Illegal immigrants on short stay Visa's. Not to mention there being no way for them to prove it was the same laptop you got the GST concession off. E.G. What if you had 2 of exactly the same model laptop - one was for a friend in Europe (which you got the GST off from the TRS scheme) , and one was your own you bought in Australia (which you paid gst on)? If they actually checked this stuff - thousands of people everyday would be falsely accused of tax evasion and customs would only be able to process 1 person per hour. That's why they cant and dont check it.

    Guidelines are only there to stop people importing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods Tax free... not a few thousands dollars worth of personal goods for personal use...
  • AussieMarkMelb2008/11/01 10:05:49
    Morrico is correct in the sense that the probability of getting in trouble is 0.001% or near that =)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts Morrico.

    I normally just be upfront and honest and tell them and the customs people wave me through

    **Edit**

    Rep added to Morrico
  • kearnsy2008/11/01 11:35:17
    so wouldn't the final discount be under $1000, one you take off the $120 for the educational developer subscription?
  • AussieMarkMelb2008/11/01 12:02:53
    Good Point Kearnsy,

    I guess over $1000 sounds better and it is still true if you consider the 3% apple buckscoop cashback
  • admin2008/11/03 17:09:54
    Slightly on topic slightly off - do any of you know when they are shipping the new MB Air?
  • eron2008/11/26 23:51:08
    Paid for ADC. Soon after, they sent an activation code. Used the activation code, and student membership is put on pending.

    Didn't receive any other email asking for student verification until I ordered my macbook through the link above. They then asked me for my:

    To allow us to fully activate your ADC Student Membership, we require that you verify your student status by emailing/faxing a copy of your picture ID (driver’s license, passport, student ID, etc.) along with a your official proof of enrolment from your college/university. Your proof of enrolment can be any of the following:

    - Current course schedule
    - Upcoming course schedule
    - A letter from your school stating that you are presently enrolled
    - Enrollment invoice/receipt

    Note: Please ensure that your school name/logo, full name and the recent date are present in your documents.
    Fax: 61-2-8223-9347
    Email address: asia.dev@asia.apple.com


    Once I emailed them, the order was confirmed and everything else went through. 1 more week till my macbook arrives!
  • queenshrew2008/11/27 00:37:44
    morricio
    look to be honest with you guys - i have used the TRS scheme for years. Ive done laptops, ipods, video cameras, still cameras. You name it. There is NO way they ever check that $900 concession thing.

    I.E. There is no real way the customs worker at arrivals can find out that you got the GST refunded on an Item at Departures without doing some serious digging - also there's no way for them to prove it's the same item you took with you, And that you then brought it back into the country, therefore exceeding the $900 concessions. Nor are they really interested in that stuff. They really only care about People bringing in pests etc.

    The $900 concession is really a guideline, to stop people importing things in Bulk (i.e a few hundred laptops). A couple of ears ago i rang up customs to debate this, and how they could possibly work out if you had got the GST back on a specific Item, where the laptop came from, how they could prove it etc. And she said honestly there is no way, and nor do they or can they really check it.

    The moral here is - if you Buy a laptop worth $3000 and get the GST off it and bring it back into the country and you're worried about exceeding the $900 Concession - Get a life! As most seasoned travellers will know customs have far more important things to worry about than petty GST Concessions. Like Pests, Food and Illegal immigrants on short stay Visa's. Not to mention there being no way for them to prove it was the same laptop you got the GST concession off. E.G. What if you had 2 of exactly the same model laptop - one was for a friend in Europe (which you got the GST off from the TRS scheme) , and one was your own you bought in Australia (which you paid gst on)? If they actually checked this stuff - thousands of people everyday would be falsely accused of tax evasion and customs would only be able to process 1 person per hour. That's why they cant and dont check it.

    Guidelines are only there to stop people importing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods Tax free... not a few thousands dollars worth of personal goods for personal use...


    Actually, I have a story in regards to this due to my own tremendous stupidity!!! I always traveled overseas with my parents and dad would do all the forms (custom declaration etc). Anyway, at the age of 19 my sister and i (two dumbos) decided to go traveling into Asia by ourselves. We went to Thailand and got ripped off and bought a stack of garbage rubies for almost ALL our savings.. On the way back, we declared it on the form and actually declared it as the amount the rip off Thai place said it's worth instead of what we paid (as we wanted to be honest..but oh my goodness how stupid were we?) And guess what? Customs hit us with $600 worth of taxes when we touched down in Australia..which was luckily how much I had left in my bank account after the trip or they would have put us both in detention or taken away my stupid rubies. So I got home with $0 to my name... For many, many years after..I couldn't even bear to look at any of the jewelery I purchased! It was WAY WAY too painful!!!!

    In my sister's case..she was dumber (Well, I was Dumb and she was Dumber). She put all her rubies in her luggage and the luggage handler in Thailand broke into her bag and STOLE ALL OF IT!!!! She didn't know about it until we got home as she didn't realise her bag got broken into! In the end, she ended up payng extra custom taxes for something she didn't even get! hahaha

    We now laugh about it. But back in those days..we couldn't look at any jewelery for MONTHS and MONTHS after we got back from our overseas trip without feeling nauseous!

    That was one lesson learned the hard way. No longer stupid enough to follow a cab driver in Thailand to some lousy jewelery shop and definitely no longer so naive and honest! :p
  • admin2008/11/27 07:53:26
    :D - shouldnt be laughing but its very funny.....

    I once got scammed by a shop that had closing down liquidation sale plastered all over its window. They got a bunch of people in there and then closed the doors and had an 'auction'. I was standing there with all the others watching something like the second or third auction - where the 'lucky' purchaser got a bonus prize of a stereo thrown in. By the time my item came around I was well and truly sucked in so I started bidding thinking I might be given something. I won the bidding....































    and ended up with some really crappy briefcase and buggerall else.
  • aafreen2008/11/30 14:01:14
    tried goign to this site http://store.apple.com/au_epp_55827 but doesnt work?
  • eron2008/11/30 16:43:33
    aafreen
    tried goign to this site http://store.apple.com/au_epp_55827 but doesnt work?


    probably updating or change of url.
  • admin2008/11/30 20:18:30
    I thought it might be a session issue - as the apple site is a bit wacky but they appear to have removed the page.
  • aafreen2008/11/30 20:50:22
    still not working. hope they haven't removed the page. im looking at getting a mcbook as my notebook just died.
  • eron2008/12/03 20:42:24
    If you have a student ID, you can just walk into an Apple store and get an educational discount. It's lesser than the developer discount, but more convenient.

    Some people had luck "price matching" or reducing the price at Myers and JB. So it's worth a shot. For example, some one got the 13" higher end Macbook for $2300. About $200 lesser than Apple Store's RRP.

    That's on Mactalk.com.au
  • eron2009/01/13 17:54:47
    I think the deal is still valid.
  • AussieMarkMelb2009/02/13 18:36:26
    Hi guys,

    Sorry I havn't been around in awhile.

    The Developers connection is still available works for me: http://store.apple.com/au_epp_55827

    They might have been updating the page when you tried
  • nod2009/02/13 20:42:28
    Not loading for me :(. Just takes me to the standard Apple store page
  • eron2009/06/04 11:28:50

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