Educational Discounts and Price Discrimination Legalities in the UK
March 27, 2014 2:57 AM Subscribe
A variety of computer and software manufacturers offer "educational discounts" to students and staff. Which is clearly price discrimination based on the status of the purchaser. I just have two questions related to the practice of providing educational discounts.
a) How is it legal for a retailer to use price discrimination (as a long-term marketing tactic) to sell to people based on educational role, when say price discrimination based on say sexual preferences would not be legal.
b) Is a customer legally required to represent themselves honestly to a retailer?
posted by mary8nne to Law & Government (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
If person A (a student) buys a computer from say, Apple on the behalf of person B. How can A be legally obliged to answer honestly to a private for profit retailer about whom the computer is for? What right does Apple have to expect an honest answer to the question "is this computer for your own personal use?"
A lot of responses to this say that its "fraud". But it seems that really its over-reach of the retailer. Can a retailer dictate by whom and how a consumer product is to be used?
It seems very different to lying to a government body or agency. Does a supermarket have a legally enforceable right to refuse to sell you an apple if they know you intend to merely smash it to pieces?