Keep Getting Those Student Discounts Long After You Drop Out

Glory be to grad students, whose existence allows geezers in their 30s and beyond to be able to ask for student discounts with a straight face.

Lifehacker offers up a guide on how to maintain that student discount, regardless of whether or not you’re still attending college or have shifted your focus to the soul-crushing corporate world.

The post is filled with sundry sneaky tips on how to keep your Student ID up to code with handy forgery hints.

The post also suggests signing up for a cheap juco class just to get an ID – you can always drop the class once you’ve got your plastic – or even borrow a current student’s card on special occasions.

If you’re out of school and still use your student ID to scam discounts, what – if any – trickery have you used?

How to Get Student Discounts Forever [LifeHacker]

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  1. blinky says:

    is it ethical?

    • PanCake BuTT says:

      What ? Most colleges tuition ? I don’t think so, IMO.

    • The cake is a lie! says:

      In a world of torrents, jailbreaks, radar jammers, and the TSA I don’t think the question really pops through our minds anymore. We live in a world of “it is possible and ethics be damned”. Clearly not everybody fits that description, but I’d wager it is a majority who does. I certainly do.

      • The cake is a lie! says:

        (from wikipedia) Modern ethics

        Consequentialism refers to moral theories that hold that the consequences of a particular action form the basis for any valid moral judgment about that action (or create a structure for judgment, see rule consequentialism). Thus, from a consequentialist standpoint, a morally right action is one that produces a good outcome, or consequence. This view is often expressed as the aphorism “The ends justify the means”.

        So by that definition, yes, it is ethical. What type of ethics is entirely subject to debate. Chances of any consequence of using a Student ID after it expires: pretty slim if any. Benefit for getting away with it: PLENTY. Benefit definitely outweighs the risk. I think this should be filed under the “it never hurts to ask” category of ethics.

        • DanRydell says:

          DOES this produce a “good” outcome? The outcome for you is that you saved money, but the outcome for someone else is that they lost money.

          • The cake is a lie! says:

            Have you ever priced out what software costs?? The “normal” price for Photoshop CS5 right now is $699. The student price is $449. I’m not paying an extra $250 for the exact same software just because ethics says I can’t use my student discount card since I’m not currently enrolled in classes.

            • Egat says:

              Just remember that software is not purchased, it’s licensed.

              The license for that student version stipulates that you don’t use it for financial gain. I’m sure that Adobe probably doesn’t catch many of the people who violate that term, but I know that they do try. If they catch you they will successfully sue you into oblivion.

            • DanRydell says:

              Why not just pirate the software? That costs even less, is just as legal and just as ethical.

            • Rachacha says:

              A good option to get some good discounts on Adobe software is to subscribe to Photoshop User Magazine. We did this a few years ago when we wanted to buy several licenses of CS3. We subscribed to the magazine for $80 or so and saved over $400 and gained access for a year to some training programs and a subscription to the magazine, I don’t know what the current Adobe discount is, so check it out before purchasing if you are interested.

            • HappyFunTimes says:

              This type of thinking is what is destroying America. A self-serving, screw what lawful or morally correct all in the name of “me” is pathetic. It breeds corruption and disregard for any real sense honor or obligation to really doing something for the greater good. You might as well just pirate the software. The likely excuse you give yourself of, “Well, I paid something at least. $400 is better than $0 by pirating” is nothing buy a red herring you provide to ease a sense of guilt. That feeling of guilt is what is supposed to tell you that you are doing something wrong.

          • jnrcorp says:

            I’ll play devil’s advocate here:

            In the argument that the other person (company) lost money, I would argue that most people would not make the purchase if it weren’t for the discount. Like coupon’s, it is the retailers discretion to accept and many retailers will provide a discount in order to make a sale. It’s a win-win situation for both parties.

            Therefore, using your student discount is equivalent to using an expired coupon. Bed, Bath and Beyond has a history of taking long since expired coupons. Manufacturers coupons are also accepted after the expired on a regular basis. This sets precedent to allow individuals to use an expired student discount at all retailers.

        • stock2mal says:

          You don’t understand consequentialism. Consequences aren’t the possible negative consequences of your action to yourself, but everything resulting from your actions, both good and bad that can occur as a result. These consequences, both good and bad, can affect others as well.

          So, if businesses think that more and more people are fraudulently using student discounts, they will do away with them. That’s fine, you aren’t really a student, it won’t legitimately affect you. However, your actions could have contributed to doing away with a program that was designed to benefit individuals who are generally short on money and can use the extra help. In this case, you saved a few bucks, but you have just made life harder on millions of people as a result.

          An article such as this doesn’t do much to help the situation either.

    • jessjj347 says:

      Nope.

    • blinky says:

      Cool! We could change the name to Dex-thics.

    • chaelyc says:

      I figure that for as much as I paid to get through college, if I save 10 or 15% on a few purchases here & there (because my school, by default, makes ID cards expire 5 years from the date of issuance) then that’s one of the only windfalls I ever received with my several thousand dollar investment & I think I have the right to take advantage of it.

      I think it’s the same idea as gift cards & coupons & rebates – any business that offers them knows that in the long run a higher % of people won’t use them than those who will so they’re not losing much anyway. I figure my using a student ID a year or two after I graduated is offsetting the student who’s still in school but never remembers to carry his card or ask for a discount. The savings are never dramatic enough to make me feel like I’ve swindled anyone.

  2. earthprince says:

    I’ve had a student ID for about 6 years now. During those 6 years, I’ve only used it for discounts a handful of times. This included a dollar of movie tickets at some random chain and $.50 a historical site entrance fee, in which full admission was $2. I don’t really see the point of this, but I’m guessing there must be some discounts worthwhile.

    • TalKeaton: Every Puzzle Has an Answer! says:

      I got a $170 discount on Windows 7 Professional via my student status. Sometimes you can get pretty awesome deals.

      • sixsevenco says:

        $170 is not a good deal for W7Pro.

        • P=mv says:

          I paid $25 for MS Office 07 with my student ID and the local mechanic charges those with a student ID to the local U only $10 for an oil change. It can pay.

          • sixsevenco says:

            $25 for MS Office is good. (any version)

            $170 for Win7Pro is bad. You can get it for $140 from newegg without a student ID.

            http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116758

            You can get it for $65 if you have a .edu email address. (Of course if they ever validate your elligibility, you will need to pay the difference between $65 and full retail.)

            http://www.microsoft.com/student/office/en-us/default.aspx

            • coren says:

              Yes, but a 170 discount is better than whatever Newegg is charging

            • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

              I’ll highlight words so maybe you can understand:

              TalKeaton: Every Puzzle Has an Answer!
              December 6, 2010 2:39 PM
              Moderate |Flag for review

              I got a $170 discount on Windows 7 Professional via my student status. Sometimes you can get pretty awesome deals.

              So the commenter received a discount of $170 USD from the full MSRP on the product. So: Full MSRP – discount = price OP paid. Understand now?

              • sixsevenco says:

                Don’t be a jerk. I self corrected before you posted.

                • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

                  Not being a jerk. As your comment at 3:00pm shows, at least two people pointed out/responded that there might have been some reading comprehension failure. You ignored them, and instead commented to P=MV that $170 was a bad price. You still seemed to have not been understanding the orginal comment, so I re-posted it with added emphasis.

                  Also, your “self-corrected” comment was not visible when I wrote my comment.

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          Reading comprehension fail. TalKeaton got a $170 discount. That means $170 off the price.

        • falnfenix says:

          if my reading skills are up to snuff, TalKeaton said s/he received a $170 DISCOUNT…not that s/he paid $170 for it.

        • TheGreySpectre says:

          They charged students $30 for Win7 pro, hence $170 discount as MSRP was $200

        • sixsevenco says:

          Indeed I misread. Retail price is $199, so $20 for Win7Pro is a great price.

    • EarlNowak says:

      You can save hundreds at the apple store with a student ID.

  3. milkcake says:

    I’ve used for a while but now I stopped. The discount is just so far few and between. It’s just not worth carrying the ID. Besides, I look a lot better now than the college pic on my ID.

    • Wombatish says:

      I usually have my ID on me, but rarely use it as well (even though I’m currently skipping a semester).

      However, I often get offered the student discount, and I don’t say no. It is a college town though, the student discount is practically the standard rate.

  4. You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

    I used my university “affiliate” ID to get a student discount at a museum one time. I may or may not do it again…

  5. Cicadymn says:

    I’ve been out of college for a few months over a year.

    Still use my student ID every time I go to the movies. Cause damn that shit’s expensive.

    But other than that, nothing else really.

    • Bativac says:

      Yeah, I only use mine for the rare trips to the movies.

      At some point, male pattern baldness is going to make that no longer feasible…

    • jesusofcool says:

      Getting the student rate is the only time I’m grateful I look about 12.
      I’ve been out of college for a bit now and I still use my student Id because it doesn’t have an expiration date. I actually get a lot out of it – discount museum tickets, discount movie tickets, and I’ve found that some major mall clothing retailers give you a 10-20% discount if you flash it. I also get a discount on my car insurance through my alumni assoc (though I don’t pay dues to it). Hey, 50k for 4 years should get me something, right?

  6. Mulysa says:

    My students IDs (one from undergrad and one from grad school) don’t have prominent expiration dates. (The undergraduate has none, and the grad one just says it’s invalid 5 years after the issue date, which hasn’t come up yet.)
    I just use them for cheap movie tickets. My husband is still in school, so if we wanted a student discount for anything bigger, we’d just legitimately use his information.

    • chaelyc says:

      I was doing the same thing with my bf for a while, but I realized that the few places we have used our student ID’s (movies & museums) frequently give us both a student-priced ticket as long as he’s the one making the purchase with his ID.

      I think that wouldn’t be the case if people were feeling scammed by the dreaded student discount. The savings are usually so negligible anyway…

  7. RxDude says:

    Might be good for software.

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      Absolutely. With student software discounts, they practically give licenses away for free. I remember getting a full MSDN-style* suite for free just for being a student, which included Windows XP Pro, The complete Office 2003 suite including Visio, and various other applications.

      * MSDN-style but not MSDN. MSDN licenses are for evaluation and testing purposes only, not for “production” use. These “hooray school” licenses were 100% free and clear the public user license that anyone who bought a retail copy would get.

    • mbz32190 says:

      This doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. I don’t think I’ve ever used my student ID for a discount anywhere, nor did anyone really accept them (except a local coffee shop and the like, just outside of campus). For movie tickets, I make my own discount by buying the “Child” ticket from the outdoor ticket machine (Regal cinemas around here have them…don’t know about others). Although I haven’t been to the movies in a year or two either. For software, you usually need just a .edu address as it is done online. Most schools don’t make you give up the email address anyway (or you can always make an Australia.edu address)

    • The cake is a lie! says:

      Wha…? People actually pay for software? ;)

      Actually, speaking of ethics, if you are the type to use a faked Student ID (or exaggerated one) to get a discount on software, then you are also probably just going to download it anyway.

    • DanRydell says:

      That software is specifically licensed for use by a student, so it would not be a valid license for a non-student. In other words, that software would be as legitimate as something you could download off bittorrent, so why even bother paying for it?

  8. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Forging government documents/identification? What could possibli go wrong?

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      I make my own false private-school id at home. ;)

  9. Skellbasher says:

    I like Lifehacker, but their advice to spoof an email address to send out a class schedule is pretty darn dubious.

    • Ryan says:

      Why spoof an email address anyway? Some universities offer graduates a free .edu email account or in other cases offer the same service to all of their former students for a nominal yearly fee. I could do this myself for free because I graduated, but I haven’t seen much of a need to do so yet.

  10. sirwired says:

    How on earth can this be ethical? What’s next Phil? Advice on how to carry out fraudulent returns, because the “soul-crushing corporate world” deserves it?

    • The cake is a lie! says:

      Who said it was ethical? I believe the title of the article is enough to convince someone that ethics don’t play a part in what is being recommended. Ethics are for… uhm…. I was going to say Preists and Nuns, but not so much these days, so I’m really not sure who ethics are for anymore. Not the President, not the rest of government, not teachers, not police officers, not soulless corporations, not marketing execs… Ethics are dead. Nice memory though…

  11. zigziggityzoo says:

    I use mine for student football tickets at my alma mater, and for the movie theater.

    I’ve never had a need to use it other than that.

  12. Outrun1986 says:

    This kind of behavior is what will makes places stop offering a student discount, and then everyone loses. These discounts here are few and far between here, as most places where it would actually help you out don’t actually offer student discounts. Software is one exception though.

    • qualityleashdog says:

      Well…If you’re through being a student and you’re taking advantage of the discounts, you no longer have anything left to lose if places stop offering student discounts, only something to gain. So you better get while the getting is good.

      • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

        People who lie and get the discount taken away from everyone are hurting others who may need the discount. Your narcissism is, unfortunately, all too typical. It’s sad that the only person you are willing to look out for is you. You don’t care if everyone else is punished for your bad behavior.

  13. rpm773 says:

    The post is filled with sundry sneaky tips…with handy forgery hints.

    Well, now we know where the next generation’s crop of bankers, mortgage brokers, and foreclosure “technicians” will come from.

  14. Alvis says:

    Go, fraud, go!

  15. mbz32190 says:

    This doesn’t seem like a big deal to me. I don’t think I’ve ever used my student ID for a discount anywhere, nor did anyone really accept them (except a local coffee shop and the like, just outside of campus). For movie tickets, I make my own discount by buying the “Child” ticket from the outdoor ticket machine (Regal cinemas around here have them…don’t know about others). Although I haven’t been to the movies in a year or two either. For software, you usually need just a .edu address as it is done online. Most schools don’t make you give up the email address anyway (or you can always make an Australia.edu address)

  16. damageinc says:

    Hypocrisy much? Any company caught doing something like this would be forever criticized by this website, but I guess its ok if the consumer does it.

  17. qualityleashdog says:

    I’ve got a student ID last issued in 2002. They didn’t put an expiration date on it. I haven’t been in college since 2004. I’ve used it nonstop anytime I knew a place offered a student discount, and never had a problem. It’s getting a little faded, luckily I’m back in school for the spring semester and was reissued another last month. Nice little perk.

  18. edosan says:

    Shoplifting tips are next week, I assume.

  19. DanRydell says:

    WTF Phil, do you really think this is appropriate?

  20. HannahK says:

    My school ID has no expiration date. Obviously I won’t have access to campus buildings once I graduate, but there’s nothing to stop me from using the ID for student discounts. I don’t think it’s unethical- we’re talking about something like a restaurant promotion, not health insurance fraud.

    • ThomFabian says:

      The issue of ethics has nothing to do with the value of the thing in question.

      The action is either ethical or not, independent of whether you are misrepresenting yourself to gain a large or small benefit.

      And lets not kid ourselves, this post is chiefly about misrepresenting yourself. To follow most of this advice (not all) would require you to claim to be something you are not.

      That, to me, makes it fairly clear.

  21. MovingTarget says:

    I’m 60 and back in college. I can sometimes use my Student I.D with my AARP and AAA card to get some sweet deals.

  22. Brunette Bookworm says:

    You know, I AM a student in my thirties and the only thing I have used that status to get a discount on was that Amazon Prime membership and the Microsoft programs sold at school. What’s up with promoting a scam on businesses? The discount is there to help college students who don’t have a lot of money not because you are a cheap bastard.

  23. MovingTarget says:

    I’m 60 and back in college. I can sometimes use my Student I.D with my AARP and AAA card to get some sweet deals.

  24. tidomonkey says:

    Why not get an uniform for a veteran’s discount or put some baby powder in your hair for a senior discount?

    Seriously, just because you can get away with something doesn’t mean you should. You might as well be stealing. Fraud is fraud.

    • GuJiaXian says:

      I agree. I’m actually surprised at how many people here see nothing wrong with lying about being a current student.

    • edosan says:

      I’m looking forward to seeing the next big Consumerist thing: “this store wouldn’t let me use my Photoshopped student ID to get a discount!”

  25. Lereas says:

    I keep my student ID, graduated 2 years ago. I’ll try to get discounts for movies, but a lot of theaters stopped giving student discounts anyway.

    The only real good discount I got was when I was on my honeymoon, to get into the Acropolis in Athens (it’s set up sort of like a big park with a fence around and a few entry points) was like 7 euro per person, and with my student ID, it was only 2 euro I think.

    Using a student email address can get you a year of free amazon prime, but their ToS says that if they ask for proof and you can’t provide it, you owe them for any of the shipping fees you’d avoided, so it’s not really worth it unless you’re prepared to pay all of those anyway.

    • Lereas says:

      Let me clarify that I would not forge the expiry date…mine does not have one. If a sign says “Discount with Student ID”, unless they actually ask if you’re a student, you’re complying with the sign.

    • Portlandia says:

      I agree, I used mine all over europe, even thought I finished grad school about 6 years ago.

      I will say, some places now put an age limit on student discounts. Since I’m pushing 35 but don’t by anyways look like it, I can usualy get away with it. Sometimes not.

  26. dolemite says:

    I dunno…I have a lot more hair in my student ID.

  27. JohnJ says:

    Phil Villarreal: Please tell us an unethical and fraudulent method that we can use to get an undeserved discount on “Consumer Reports” magazine.

  28. StevePierce says:

    Join the military, you get to keep the same discounts for life.

  29. Hi_Hello says:

    only student discount I know are for the movies… and I don’t use that anymore…felt bad… plus I go during cheaper price where there is no student discount.

    the student discount was intended for college bums… wish I was. And I download stuff I shouldn’t and all that… but since I’m working now, it’s just feel wrong to get ‘freebies’ that doesn’t really apply to me anymore.

  30. Kaonashi says:

    I won’t make an ethical judgment about this but the problem is that the more this happens the less places will be willing to offer a student discount. There’s no incentive to having a student discount if people who aren’t students are just going to abuse it.

  31. GMurnane says:

    As some one who works in a movie theater with a student discount, I can tell you I get customers trying to pull this one all the time. Since we are allowed to refuse to give a student discount if the student ID is expired–I will check for expiration dates if I am in a particularly bad mood. One customer tried to get the discount, but his card had a prominent expiration date (which had passed) when he saw me looking at the date he quickly covered it and yelled at me for trying to look at his “Social Security” number. Funny, I never realized schools put social security numbers on their IDs nor did I know that a “Social Security” number only has 6 digits. Of course the most telling clue was the fact the numbers were separated with slashes, not dashes….

  32. DanGarion says:

    Really? You guys are going to continue along this path of “scamming” after all the negative comments from people on Lifehacker…? Really?

  33. wrbwrx says:

    Movie Tickets and Museums are regular uses.
    Ski Passes are the biggest saver though. I was able to get the “unlimited, anytime pass” for $239 instead of the $799 equivalent pass.

    How is this less ethical than going into any store and asking “what the best price is” it is just a coupon?

    http://consumerist.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-search.cgi?IncludeBlogs=1&limit=20&search=haggle

  34. frank64 says:

    I think the key now a days is to keep the edu email address. This seems to work for many things. I am still a student, but now only part time. I will be for a few years, I don’t know how long I will be able to keep the address after I get my degree.

    I was offered Office 10 for around $130, but before that was released I got 07 for free as part of my negligible software fee, so I don’t think it is worth the upgrade. I also got the Wall Street Journal both internet and print for $99 a year. Before that my $120 special had expired and they wanted around $250(I forget but so high I wasn’t going to get it).

    Also Amazon Prime for free. I like it but wouldn’t pay for it. Pretty much anything I have taken advantage of I wouldn’t have bought without the discount, but I probably would have got the WSJ at some point for a little more than the $99.

    • Powerlurker says:

      When I used to get college rate ski passes for Killington, they needed to see a letter verifying your full time status printed on school letterhead, embossed with the school seal, and signed by the registrar’s office.

  35. backinpgh says:

    You should be able to use your student discount if you are still paying your student loans ;)

    • caj111 says:

      here, here! I’m totally with you on that. I shamelessly decided to toss my sense of ethics aside on the subject of getting student discounts in the years that immediately followed school. I used my student IDs for many years after finishing school to get a multitude of discounts, lets see here… movies at AMC, haircuts, a couple museums, Improv comedy club, a couple Broadway shows and best of all, a 20% discount on Amtrak travel. Then my student ID fell apart and that was the end of that. By then, my salary had gone up sufficiently. I’ve since found other, more legitimate ways to get bargains. I’m not worried about karma or going to hell. I figure St. Peter will give most people a pass on this one when we’re at the pearly gates.

  36. do-it-myself says:

    I’ll use mine for when I go to the movies until I no longer look like the person on the card…however I have since been outsmarted with NO DISCOUNT weekends with Regal Cinemas. I’m sure other venues have followed suit as well. Remember when matinee movies were until 6pm? Apparently 3pm is the new “evening.”

  37. stevied says:

    This group gets a discount. That group gets a discount. But this other group… they get screwed with higher prices.

    Is that fair? Really?

    Hmmmm. What, instead of student ID discounts, the vendor offered “White People Discounts” or “Jewish Discounts” ? Is that very fair? Might be illegal, huh?

    So why should any group be granted special status?

    Here be a hint to any business thinking about “special group discounts”. Go ahead and post a sign that says “Blacks to the back of the bus” in your store. Your “special group discounts” are just as insulting.

  38. EverCynicalTHX says:

    Geez, I hope this isn’t what the majority here consider ethical behavior. Spoofing email accounts, fake IDs.e.tc.

    I’m sure plenty of software company employees read Lifehacker and I’d be willing to bet this little article makes them rethink their student software discount programs also

    Get your discount but you’re probably gonna end up screwing some college that truly needs a break in the end..

  39. ma1234 says:

    Next week we’ll get a post on movie theaters ending student discounts. Wonder why that would be…

    Consumerist is the most hypocritical website I’ve ever been to. Don’t let a company scam you, but it’s okay for you to scam the company.

  40. Nic715 says:

    I use it at the local ski areas….at the place closest to my house it’s $45 for an all-day adult lift ticket, but it’s only $15 for college students. The high school kids working the ticket counter could care less and barely look at the ID (which expired in Spring of ’04). They glance at it but never even ask me to take it out of the ID part of my wallet. For the $30 savings, I think it’s worth it. My college degree isn’t doing much for me when it comes to my salary….I can’t afford $45 for one day of skiing but can definitely swing $15. I think it helps that at 28, I can still pass for 22.

  41. common_sense84 says:

    I hope this surprises no one. Everyone with a college ID that has no expiration date already knows this.

  42. sopmodm14 says:

    i don’t see the problem if its to help businesses, local businesses at that

    the pitiful discount pretty much covers the tax anyways

    wtf good is a student discount when you’re a broke student subsisting on ramen noodles ?

    if you’ve graduated, and can afford to patronize places that offer a student discount, why not use it ? its win win ….. but if an establishment denied it, its lose for them

  43. Awesome McAwesomeness says:

    I think this is unethical. I just finished grad school and could easily still use my ID for a discount. But, I’m not a struggling student anymore and do not feel that it is right to lie just to save a couple of bucks.

    There are 1000 ways to justifying it, like saying that people do worse things, etc.. I don’t justify my personal behavior by using others as a barometer. I don’t care if other people do things that are wrong and get away it. I just ask myself if I am being honest or not. If the answer is no, I don’t do it. On the rare occasion I am dishonest, I admit it to myself. I tell myself that I know what I am doing is wrong and dishonest. I remind myself that there is no justification and that I am just choosing to be immoral. I feel a little guilt and move on. I may not be perfect, but I don’t lie to myself about it and make up silly reasons why it’s okay.

  44. Phexerian says:

    I use my old undergraduate ID sometimes, even though I do have a current graduate ID as well, and still have my old ID for my doctorate. (yay for 4-5 school IDs).

    But, the only time I ever use one is when I go to the movies.

    One trick I am doing to save some money, is I attend a night school masters program. The school has told my student loan servicer that I will graduate in 2014 so I am not due to pay anything until 1/15/2015. I will still start paying it off, but the really neat thing about having it deferred so long, is that half of the loans don’t accumulate interest as long as I am in school.

    So if you can do night classes and have 100k+ in school loans like me, you may want to start working on another degree by doing 1 class as semester and getting you loans deferred for a few more years. This student discount is gonna save me thousands.

  45. caj111 says:

    Whenever I suggested using a student ID to get discounts after finishing college, a holier than thou acquaintance of mine would say, “but we’re not students anymore.” I would say, “so what, they [i.e., the merchants] won’t know.” She would say, “but I would know.” Oh puh-leaze was all I could think.

  46. Luckie says:

    Bah, I have yet to meet more students who need that discount than working people who need that discount. I still have my student ID, not in school anymore, it doesn’t have an expiration date, and if I ever bothered to remember to carry it around and use it I would.

    • Smultronstallet says:

      Of course there are more students who need the discount than working people who need the discount…

  47. samandiriel says:

    Is this really an appropriate topic???

  48. !caybay says:

    I bought season tickets to a theatre company when I was in the cheapest age bracket. Since then, I just call them every year and say that I want to renew. They don’t ask my age or question if I’m still in that bracket, they just say I need to present ID when I pick up the tickets. So far, each year they’ve either just handed me the tickets without checking ID, mailed me the tickets without checking ID, or my personal favourite, actually checked my ID (at which point it would be obvious I am not in that bracket anymore) and still gave me the tickets anyway. So, I’ve had several years of really cheap theatre!

    Student ID gets you really cheap bus and train tickets, by the way.

    And for the curious, businesses are so strict in Australia that they will only accept Australian student ID for discounts. Not even the “ISIC” ID is good enough.

    Also, in Sweden you only get a student card if you pay the dues to join the student union, there is no university ID card. And then when you get the union card, it has a specific expiry based on the dues that you paid. However, they get wayyyy more discounts because the student union negotiated discounts with all sorts of businesses.

  49. HogwartsProfessor says:

    No, I don’t do it. My ID always had a date on it, but it’s just not ethical to lie about it. If businesses stop giving discounts because of the number of people scamming it, then the legitimate students will suffer.

  50. gedster314 says:

    Hey, I’m in my forties and still try get student discounts and I don’t feel the slightest guilt. If they don’t put an age limit on the discount, why shouldn’t I get it? I have a current student ID, email and I pay for books and tuition. I find taking classes much more entertaining then watching TV, wasting time with facebook or going to a bar.

  51. Nick says:

    Software for architects and graphic designers can run well into the thousands of dollars. With a student I.D. you’re only paying hundreds. I went back to school for a semester and you better believe I loaded up on Adobe and Autodesk products.