When Tiger shipped, College students only had to pay $69 for it. That won’t be the case when Leopard ships at the end of next week. Leopard will be setting them back $116, only $13 less than the retail price.
Well, I can only speculate, but I would imagine that Apple sells A LOT of copies of Mac OSX through student outlets, and they decided to stop giving it away. Will some college students complain? I’m sure they will. If I was a college student I might…BUT…I’m not.
from the Crunch Gear article:
I seem to remember Tiger only costing $69 for college kids, kids who are notorious for spending the pennies they earn working at the campus library on beer and beer-related activities. As a student, Iâ€™d like to know what caused the price to shoot up by nearly 60 percent?
Anybody else think he answered his own question? Apple wants your beer money.
Schools still get deep educational discounts. Your school book store should still be offering it at $69. There you have to show your student ID to make a purchase. On apple.com, there is no proof other than your good word that you are a student. You can pick any school from the list and get a good deal. Apple knows this. That is why they are no longer offering a deep discount online. It’s to deter people from trying to get it for cheap even when they are not actually a student.
I read somewhere that the higher price is for direct purchase though apple.com (presumably because it’s hard to prove you are a student over the internet) but that the lower priced version will still be available at brick-and-mortar resellers (student bookstores etc).
Where did you guys read this? I haven’t found it.
I read about it here but I’m just taking TUAWs word on it. 🙂
Yes i can vouch for that. i go to ucla and my school bookstore is selling it at $69 with a valid student id. they are already accepting pre-orders
I’m at University of South Florida. Banners were posted up this morning for the $69 price point as well. They’re getting their shipment on Thursday evening to begin selling Friday morning.
I’m at Columbia and our bookstore has stopped selling software of any kind — any idea how I can get Leopard for $69?