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Educational discounts are great for students to get their projects done, but I do see a lot of abuse with this. I know that there are people that aren't students that are using the educational discount on parts, and students that are using it for their own use, ie. game pieces. This kind of goes to another suggestion that states if we have the ability to privately rate customers, we could at least have something there that states that they have been abusing their student discount or such.

I am not looking for you to vet these users, that is my option to deny the order if I think they are abusing it. But I would like to provide feedback for other hubs, and possibly have 3dHubs look at that over time.

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    Michael FranchinoMichael Franchino shared this idea  ·   ·  Admin →
    declined  ·  3D HubsAdmin3D Hubs (Founder, 3D Hubs) responded  · 

    Thanks for expressing your concerns, fully understand where your coming from and I hope I can clarify this a bit better.

    In regard students being students, we now certify university emails on a yearly basis. So if you can’t verify the email we send at the start of the academic year to your university registered email you lose your student discount, due to the fact you are no longer a student. If you do see student orders where they are ordering something not necessarily related to a project, you do have the option to decline the order. It’s important to note, the student discount is for students and not necessarily for their individual university projects.

    The biggest issue we face, is that it’s incredibly hard for us to say what is and what isn’t a student project. We see all manner of students from all manner of courses, where even small game pieces can be part of their project. In fact we had around 15-20 project entered into the student grant related to table top gaming.

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      • 3D HubsAdmin3D Hubs (Founder, 3D Hubs) commented  · 

        Hi Michael,

        Thanks for expressing your concerns, fully understand where your coming from and I hope I can clarify this a bit better.

        In regard students being students, we now certify university emails on a yearly basis. So if you can't verify the email we send at the start of the academic year to your university registered email you lose your student discount, due to the fact you are no longer a student. If you do see student orders where they are ordering something not necessarily related to a project, you do have the option to decline the order. It's important to note, the student discount is for students and not necessarily for their individual university projects.

        The biggest issue we face, is that it's incredibly hard for us to say what is and what isn't a student project. We see all manner of students from all manner of courses, where even small game pieces can be part of their project. In fact we had around 15-20 project entered into the student grant related to table top gaming.

        Hope that has helped clear up some of your questions.

      • Michael FranchinoMichael Franchino commented  · 

        Fred - Yes, i get lots of those. But, when someone is printing game pieces for a table top game that they got off of Thingiverse, I tend to think that they are not for a class, but for their personal use. Again, I always have the option of not doing it. Just wish that it was a little more "structured"

      • Fred BaumgartnerFred Baumgartner commented  · 

        There are students with majors that would use printing for things that look like personal items. Art, design, marketing etc.

      • Bo HerrmannsenBo Herrmannsen commented  · 

        it could be done so that the user has to upload a scan of their student id

        that would take the job of vetting the user away and make it easy for the hub to vet them, no student id no discount, expired student id no discount

        you should get my drift here.... hub should be able to verify things

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        I also experienced this. I fully support it.

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