It seems like a no-brainer that Apple would want its employees to be able to purchase the products that they sell to customers every day. In January, they made it even easier for their loyal employees to do just that by launching a new program to help their employees save even more on computers and iPads. Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, announced the new program which offers employees $500 off new Mac desktops and laptops and $250 off new iPads. The discount is only found through the Apple employee portal and just recently went live, five months after it was announced.
The additional discount cannot be used for the Apple Mini that retails for $599. The only other computer on the exclusion list is a new MacBook Pro laptop model featuring the Retina display that was debuted during the keynote presentation at the 2012 WWDC but the discount is applicable to all other computers. For now the Retina isn’t eligible for the employee discount due to the high customer demand and limited supply. There’s a chance once the surge of customer orders has subsided that employees will be able to apply the hardware discount to the Retina but for now, they still can only get the 25% employee discount.
The Retina display is the highest resolution screen in existence right now at 5.1 million megapixels. Apple’s goal was to create a display that is as vivid as a human’s imagination and according to their 4-week backorder list they’ve succeeded.
The program is an added bonus because employees can use these discounts on top of the 25% discount they already receive off all hardware. Employees are only eligible for the extra discount once they’ve worked for Apple for at least 90 days and may only use it once every three years. It’s a way for Apple to encourage their employees and reward the ones who stick with the company.
Employees can get a brand new iMac for just over $400 when all said and done as compared with the retail price of well over $1,000. So far employees are quite pleased with the extra discount.
Reaction to the newly launched program is mixed from the public. While most people see it as a good idea to boost employee morale and loyalty to the company, others see it as not enough. Some believe all computers should be eligible for the extra discount since without their employees, Apple is nothing. Others think that the three-year rule isn’t fair since the turnaround for many products, including the iPad, is usually about two years. Though the three-year rule guards Apple against employees buying multiple computers for a cheap price and then reselling them on eBay for profit.
The 25% employee discount that has always been in place is usable all the time and on all hardware including the computers, printers, fiber optic patch cables, mice, keyboards, iPods, and on all other Apple products.