[insert whatever “yay it’s Tiger Day!” obligatory post here, if you want to, but I can sum it up another way]
I hate you, Apple.
Bastards made me go out and buy a new 1.42GHz Mac mini today. Yes, made me. Their coverage has been so intense in the tech sector that I thought I was going to piss in tiger stripes today… it’s been that deep. Thankfully the Education discount took a nice slice out of it, as did waiting for Tiger to ship (another $129 saved off the final price), but the discount only got fully applied after some arm twisting.
A bit on the pricing snafu: Apple retail stores price things different than the online store and they won’t sell you any software there – their boxes are all retail and not education SKUs – but hardware is fair game. They also will price match any “real” ad. So when they tried to charge me full price for the 512MB DIMM upgrade [who in their right mind spends $150 for a single 512MB DIMM? I can get the same DIMM and a handjob for $150!] I took my sales person to a demo machine and brought up the Apple Education Store online. Matched it instantly – yay! – but if they hadn’t mentioned this as an aside, I wouldn’t have known about it at all.
I’m sure I’ll have more on this third attempt to be a Mac user… I have slightly higher hopes this time, but we’ll see how it goes, I reckon.
Hate you, Apple. Hate! Hate! Hate!