Okay so maybe I’m not really starving, but I do like the alliteration.

As our Shaw Plan Personalizer deal that was in place for six months came to an end (it was $62 including tax for some HD channels, selected channels, and extreme internet), I started practicing my negotiation skills in front of the mirror (no, not really) to see if I could get the discounted rate extended or see if I could get some other promotion. If I didn’t figure something out, we would be paying $120 a month for cable and internet.

I called Shaw (after waiting for 20 minutes, no doubt) and asked to speak to one of their customer service representatives.  Because I practiced negotiating for my cell phone contract last year, I thought I had the upper hand.

I even tried to see if I could downgrade the extreme internet to “just” high speed internet and see if that would take the sting away.  It took the sting away by a  measly $10.  The cable and internet bill would still come to $120 or so a month.

I asked the representative if there were any promotions available.

Negative.

“Miss, we often have free television channel promos that we give to our customers for free, right now, you can watch MTV Canada for free”

(my inside voice: I DON’T CARE ABOUT MTV CANADA! It sucks anyways and the last time I’ve watched that was 2 years ago when “The City” was on! I just want to pay less!)

I even threatened to leave Shaw and go to Telus.

This didn’t phase the customer service rep.  I guess it doesn’t help that I wasn’t on a contract, ha!

I then politely hung up and started brainstorming.

I thought that students must get some sort of a break on cable, seeing as students have no income and yet need some sort of distraction from studying.  Students also need internet.  They must give students a break.

I then called back and asked if there were any student discounts.

Jackpot.

So for classic cable (which includes more channels than we were getting on our Shaw Plan Personalizer) and extreme internet, the bill would total $63 or so just because I was a post secondary student.  Regular price would be $130 a month.

And how long does this goodness last?  I thought it would be for another six months or something, but noooooo…

It lasts as long as I am a student! So for two more years, I will get cheap cable and internet.

That alone makes my miserable part time work and full time student life worthwhile!  Oh, and it’s not me who is addicted to cable, it’s my boyfriend.  Him and his Walking Dead episodes *sigh*.

Here’s what you have to do to get in on this deal:

  • First of all, Shaw said you can’t be a full time student (I believe it was only full time students who are eligible) and live in your parents home or even in their basement… because that would mean your parents are getting cheap cable.
  • Print out a copy of your tuition statement to prove to them you’re legit and in school
  • Print out a copy of your enrollment or acceptance letter or other proof to say that you are in post-secondary school (My program is online and it was still fine!)
  • Bring your student ID
  • Find the Shaw customer service centre (for me it is in the lovely Shaw tower in Coal Harbor- pretty fancy!)
  • Bring your student ID and your copies of tuition and enrollment to the Shaw Customer Service Centre
  • Speedwalk/race to the customer service line up alongside a mid-forties male who sees you in his peripheral vision and obviously doesn’t care that you are female and wanting to get in the line up too (hey, what about ladies first? Maybe I didn’t look like a lady that day?? lol)
  • Wait in line for 20-30 minutes with other people who look disgruntled
  • Show them the goods and they will look at you and make sure your ID is real and then give you the discount!

Et Voila!  $750+ annually saved on cable.

This alone makes me want to be a perpetual student.  Perhaps Million Dollar Journey should go to MBA school so he can get this deal too? 😉

Readers, are there any other “WOW” discounts you know of that gives students an advantage?

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