Teacher Computer and Laptop Discounts Available For Apple, Dell, and HP
Image by najeebkhan2009 via FlickrTeacher discounts can be found in various places, ranging from online book stores and office supply stores to cell phone bills. One of the questions I get asked often as a Technology Integration Specialist is the availability of discounts on computers, so I thought I'd share a few resources and provide a quick summary of what is available. I'll continue to update this post as other opportunities arise, so feel free to leave a comment if you know of a particular program not mentioned here.
Apple Store for Education - Although you likely will not be getting a price break on that iPad 2, you will be in line for some savings on most Apple computers and laptops. The savings generally run between $50-100. Bring in your educator identification to the Apple Store and receive similar price breaks.
Dell - Member Purchase Program and University Store - When it comes to PCs, you have more options from various companies, though customer preference or previous experience with a particular brand may steer you more towards or farther away from a particular company. Dell offers discounted pricing through a member purchase program, and since we have a considerable number of Dell machines, we have a member ID to offer to our teachers. However, Dell still allows you to shop the store without an ID.
HP Academy (HPA) - Hewlett Packard runs a private store that requires you to sign up for access to special pricing on their products as well as a periodic newsletter. You'll see a special "HPA" logo on eligible products and discounts range from a few bucks on a low priced netbook to hundreds of dollars on a high performance laptop.
Although these are certainly not the only computer makers and distributors, many of the other companies including Lenovo (a possible 5% discount exists), Toshiba, Acer, and Asus don't seem to have a personal purchase program in place for teachers. They all have education initiatives, and if your school has a specific relationship or makes the bulk of its computer purchases with a particular brand, chances are you may have access to special pricing. Ask your IT department or Tech Coordinator for more details.
For more information on how to choose a computer for a teacher, please read my posts here.
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