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And sometimes its nice to be a minority, I'm pretty sure thats one of the reason why the ZEN sells so well and other make mp3 players as people dont want to be like sheep.
It's ironic, the 'sheep' thing (i.e. being fed up with Windows and using it just because everybody else does) is one of the reasons I'm getting a MacBook (and obviously because they 'just work' and all that business), but also one of the reasons I bought a Zen as opposed to an iPod (as well as the fact that Napster - which I use - isn't compatible with iPods; proprietary file issues, I guess). Maybe you can have too much of a bad thing? I.e., the popularity of the iPod could be - albeit in a minority of cases, such as myself - a bad thing?

Also, we have an Apple shop in the West Quay shopping centre here in Southampton. I think I'll get my MacBook from there, just so that I can get my hands on it right away!
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I searched for the post where it said that Macs are double the price in the UK. That may be the reason why they are not as popular as the US.
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I searched for the post where it said that Macs are double the price in the UK. That may be the reason why they are not as popular as the US.
When I find the post, I will add here.
I think you may be right; I did a few comparisons between prices for example models (lowest end for each model, for simplicity) on the U.K. and U.S. Apple stores online and used XE.com's currency converter for currency rates. I found the following:

13" white MacBook 2.0GHz = £699 in U.K. store, $1099 in U.S. store; £699≈$1,380;

15" MacBook Pro 2.16GHz = £1,349 U.K., $1,999 U.S. (£1,099≈$2,170);

1.66GHz 'Combo Drive' Mac mini = £399 U.K., $599 U.S. (£399≈$790);

1.83GHz 17" iMac = £679 U.K., $999 U.S. (£679≈$1340);

'Suggested Configuration' Mac Pro = £1699 U.K., $2,499 U.S. (£1699≈$3370).

As you can see, the actual percentage difference in price varies between model. Still, it is obvious us Brits are getting a kind of bad deal, although I have to admit this hasn't put me off buying a MacBook. Even if it is preferable to Microsoft, Apple is still a business with responsibility to their shareholders. That's life, as they say.
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Still, it is obvious us Brits are getting a kind of bad deal. . . .
Don't the U.K. prices include the VAT? U.S./Canadian prices don't, among other reasons because the sales taxes vary from state to state and province to province. So the various sales taxes must be added to the price.
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Don't the U.K. prices include the VAT? U.S./Canadian prices don't, among other reasons because the sales taxes vary from state to state and province to province. So the various sales taxes must be added to the price.
That must be it; you have restored my faith in Apple! (Not that it needed restoring at all )
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I am a UK mac user, my wife is a mac user (through having my old laptops lol), my brother is a mac user, my mum has a mac because my brother gave her his old one.

I went into the PC World and the salesman came upto me asking which one I liked. At the time I was looking at the 12 inch powerbook and he says that he likes the mac computers but thinks that they are a little overpriced so why dont I go and look at some of the PC laptops.

I just said that he is preaching to the wrong customer as I would never buy a windows computer for my leisure use. He then started asking what use did I get from it, I said to be fair, I surf the internet, chat, email and use the media apps that come with OSX like idvd, imovie, itunes etc.

He then tells me that he likes movie editing and uses some unheard of software (to me anyway) and said that he couldnt get this on a mac - I just said that Macs are probably the machine he needs and started to show him some of the stuff on the powerbook. He was amazed and thanked me because he said that he now could probably talk about macs a lot better and show people looking at the machines more of its features.

Anyway, the apple store opened up in Manchester and I have never been back to PC world ever!

I was in prague about 2 months ago and saw someone on a MBP and I was a little suprised as people say, you dont really see them much out and about.

Just the road and my MBP.. wohoo.. No wireless networks - DOH! Oh well, wheres my ipod! :headphone
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I used to work at pc world for about 8 months and in that time i sold around 5 imacs/macbooks and to that i sold probably 60 pcs/laptops a week so thats about 2000 in 8 months now that is a big difference. People are scared in the UK because no one owns macs and if they do they know alot more about computers than the average buyer.
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I live in lincolnshire, and the college i attend, the media section is ust full of them

its constanly mac vs pc argument day xD but honestly, before i started college, i had never even seen a mac :/
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