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Free iPod touch and Printer with Apple Education Discount

by Ryan Guina

School is starting back up, and now is the time to find great deals on back to school computers. Perhaps the best deal going on right now is the free iPod touch ($299 value) or free iPod nano ($199) and $100 rebate on a printer with the purchase of an Apple Computer. The deal is available under the Apple Education Discount to eligible students and teachers. Now through September 7, 2010, qualified individuals will be eligible to receive a free 8 GB iPod Touch ($229) or 16 GB iPod nano ($199), and a free printer (up to $100) with the purchase of an eligible Mac computer. Free iPod Touch with MacBook Purchase

Free iPod Touch with Purchase of MacBook or other Mac Computer

Apple Online StoreMy sister graduated high school this spring, and took advantage of this offer a few weeks ago. She is heading off to college with a brand new computer that will easily last her throughout her college years. She bought a MacBook, an iPod touch, and an Apple printer. Both the iPod touch and printer were free after rebate (a savings of $400!).

This offer is available at Apple Stores or online: Buy a Mac for college and get a free iPod touch. Order online and get free shipping. Exp 9/07/10.

How to get a free iPod touch

All you need to do to take advantage of this offer is:

  • Qualify for the education discount (see eligibility below)
  • Shop for a Mac computer (MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, or Mac Pro) using your education discount
  • Buy an iPod (purchase an 8GB iPod touch or 8GB iPod nano with your Mac and get up to $299 back after rebate)
  • Buy a printer if you want a one (not necessary to take advantage of the free iPod!)
  • Get your rebate. After you receive your Mac and iPod, submit your rebate online by October 15.

Eligibility. The Back to School offer is available at the Apple Store for Education and is open to college students and their parents, plus Faculty and Staff of all grade levels. The deal is also available to any employee of a public or private K–12 institution, employees of public or private for-profit or nonprofit preschools, qualified homeschoolers, school board members who are currently serving as elected or appointed members, and PTA or PTO executives currently serving as elected or appointed officers. (see official terms for more details).

Purchase requirements. The first thing you will need to do is buy the right computer. Eligible computers include the MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and iMac. The next thing to know is that the free iPod and printer come in the form of rebates, so you will need to purchase those up front. However, you will receive a rebate on the purchase price a few weeks later. Don’t forget to mail in your rebate forms! ;)

Send in your rebate paperwork. This is the most important step! After you receive your Mac and iPod, submit your rebate online by October 08, 2009. You have up to a month to send in the rebate, but do it right when you get home and don’t worry about it!

There is more than just a free iPod!

Purchase a new Mac (Macbook, Macbook Pro, MacBook Air, or iMac) at the Apple Store for Education and:

  • get up to 10% discount
  • get a free 8G iPod touch or 8G iPod nano
  • get up to $100 off select printers
  • get up to 50% off Apple software
  • get $30 off your first year of MobileMe
  • get free engraving
  • get free shipping.

The best part is, you can stack these offers on top of other offers that are currently available, so be sure to Shop Apple Store and look for other ongoing promotions.

Some of the other current deals include:

*All Apple-certified refurbished products undergo a stringent refurbishment process prior to being offered for sale. They:

  • Perform and look like new Apple products
  • Come in new packaging and include all manuals and accessories, nothing is missing
  • Are covered by Apple’s standard one-year limited warranty — the exact same as a new product
  • Are eligible for AppleCare extended coverage for up to 2 years of world-class support on iPhone, iPod and Apple TV (up to 3 years on Mac)

Personally, I have no problem buying refurbished electronics to save money. Especially when they have the quality and warranty coverage that Apple provides.


Published or updated August 16, 2010.
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1 Jimmy

Just a forewarning, I’d recommend doing your due diligence on Apple products before handing over your hard-earned cash.

I read a blog post on TechCrunch earlier this week which detailed numerous issues with four of the author’s Apple products. It’s a pretty interesting article if you have a few minutes: http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/19/apple-is-flailing-badly-at-the-edges/

In addition, I’ve heard from many friends who are extremely dissatisfied with MobileMe’s inability to deliver email and with their new iPhone’s inability to properly utilize 3G – even in metropolitan areas. I read yesterday that a class-action law suit has actually been filed against Apple for this exact reason.

I actually made the mistake of purchasing a MacBook from an Apple store about a year ago and after experiencing an hourly drop of its wireless signal, I decided to return it and stick to my PC laptop that help the connection just fine. After discussing the issue with the cashier and requesting the refund, he immediately began criticizing my “outdated hardware” (which was a month old) and making references to the fact that I just purchased the MacBook for a quick video presentation with the intent to return it. Not sure where he got that idea from (especially considering the fact that I was liable for a $100+ restocking fee), but I immediately wrote off Apple products and will never purchase one again.

Just to throw it out there, personally, I LOVE the look and feel of Apple products, however form over function, their elitist attitude, and the high price point don’t quite cut it for me.

If you’re looking for a frugal alternative to Apple products, I highly recommend a run of the mill HP laptop purchased at Best Buy. I bought one a few months ago that would run circles around a MacBook and spent hundreds less…all without the unnecessary attitude :)

2 Ryan

Jimmy: Thanks for sharing your experiences. The cost of the MacBook was the main deterrent from me purchasing one when I bought my most recent computer a few months back. I ended up buying a computer from Dell’s business line (anyone can buy one from their business department, and not only are they cheaper than their comparable home computers, but they don’t come with any pre-installed trial ware or software popups).

Most Mac owners I have spoken with are very loyal to their computers and love them so much more than PCs. I haven’t worked on an Apple product in over 10 years though, so much has changed from my earlier experiences.

Like many other things, computer preference is a personal choice. :)

3 Jane

Thank you for free iPod touch deal information. That’s what I’ll get.

4 Karen

My husband and I got a free printer out of this deal last year when we bought my laptop. He needs a new computer this year, so we’ll be taking advantage of the iPod rebate. We’ve been saving to buy it all year, so we’re so excited to get a free iPod out of it, too!. I love their offers. They kind of offset the fact that Macs are so much more expensive than PCs. Kind of.

Just make sure you follow the directions exactly and send the forms right away so you’ll have time to dispute it if you don’t receive your check. I’ve heard horror stories about people not receiving checks and being told they missed the deadline because they waited more than 30 days to report the missing check … even though they sent it in before the deadline.

My apologies for wrongly attributing your guest post to you in my link round-up this morning. It was a careless mistake, and I fixed it. :)

5 Jarhead

My wife is currently contemplating getting a Mac. Her Gateway that she bought last year does not detect our home wireless in the living room (less than 20 feet away) so to be on the net she either sits in the hallway, bedroom, or uses my HP which gets complete signal strength in the living room. When I am in the market for a new computer (2-3 years from now) I am probably going to go with a Mac as I am tired of Bill Gates and the easily exploited products that he and Microsoft have been putting out for the past 15 years (also I HATE Vista)

6 EN

What a timely post! I JUST recently deposited my two rebate checks for the iPod Touch and the HP All-in-One Printer from Apple.

My sister is leaving for college tomorrow and I couldn’t pass up on the education discounts and promotions. She ended up not only with a sparkling MacBook but some pretty awesome gifts too! :)

7 Ryan

Karen: Try shopping for this via Ebates, where you can get a nice rebate on the computer. With Ebates you just sign up for free and buy things online through their website like you normally would. Just be sure to click on the link through the Ebates site. This way the sale is tracked through your account and you get credit.

I think the Apple rebate through Ebates is 1%, which would end up being about $15 cash back (or more) on an Apple Computer + iPod. There is a $10 bonus for signing up for Ebates right now, so you could get an additional $10 back. The only thing about Ebates is that they send out rebate checks only every three months, so it takes a little while to get your reward.

8 Ryan

Jarhead: I don’t know what to say about the wireless. Maybe an inexpensive wireless card may work better (if the wireless card is built in to the Gateway). I bought one from TigerDirect for my home computer for $10 (normally $90) and it solved my problem. Much cheaper than buying a new computer!

EN, glad to see you were able to take advantage of this deal. :)

9 Karen

Thanks for the tip! I’m also a member of MyPoints, so I often struggle to decide whether purchasing through MyPoints or Ebates makes more sense. The MyPoints rewards are often greater value than the cash back with Ebates, but the trade off is they come in gift cards rather than cash.

In this case, it would probably be more practical to use Ebates, except that I’m about 1000 points away from a $50 gift card of my choice through MyPoints. It would take me months to earn 1000 points if I didn’t make this purchase through Apple, so I think I’ll go through MyPoints this time. Thanks again for the heads up, though!

10 Ryan

Karen, dollar for dollar Ebates is probably better, but since you will be able to lock in the gift card, it is probably best to go with MyPoints! :)

11 Andrew

Just a note that the eligibility rules specify higher education, not just college, so grad and doctoral students should also be eligible

12 Ryan

Andrew, Thanks for the clarification. :)

13 Isaac kweigyah

THANK YOU

14 Ryan

You’re welcome, Isaac. I hope you were able to take advantage of this offer. :)

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