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    Von Benjentop's Avatar
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    Choosing My Mac - Small Problem
    My heart is set on converting to the religion of Mac
    Although
    I have a small dilemma...
    hence my arrival

    Looking at 2 Choices

    21.5-inch:
    3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1920 x 1080 resolution
    4GB memory
    500GB hard drive
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics
    A$ 1,599.00

    21.5-inch:
    3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    1920 x 1080 resolution
    4GB memory
    1TB hard drive
    8x double-layer SuperDrive
    ATI Radeon HD 4670 graphics with 256MB
    $1,999.00

    The first Mac I'm really happy with but I would rather the ATI Radeon card instead of the GeForce, the 1TB hard drive I really don't need, 500GB is plenty, My Question; Is it possible an apple shop would swap cards for me and charge the difference while not including the 1TB hard drive?

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    Wow, sure is expensive down under.

    Unfortunately, no they couldn't swap cards. The video is integral to the systemboard.

    Tough choice there at that price difference.
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    Von Benjentop's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    Wow, sure is expensive down under.
    Tough choice there at that price difference.
    We're getting charged more?
    Any way I could ship it over from the states or elsewhere that may bring the price down a little?

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    ?? - Don't know what the conversion rate happens to be. But over here, those two are $1199 and $1499.

    Sorry, didn't want to make ya feel worse.
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    Von Benjentop's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobtomay View Post
    ?? - Don't know what the conversion rate happens to be. But over here, those two are $1199 and $1499.
    WOW
    talk about overcharge....

    Conversion Rate ends up at
    US $1,499 - AUS $1,686

    hmmm maybe better to buy online & get it shipped over here then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Von Benjentop View Post
    WOW
    talk about overcharge....

    Conversion Rate ends up at
    US $1,499 - AUS $1,686

    hmmm maybe better to buy online & get it shipped over here then
    Not a bad idea, although I would imagine you'd need an inverter or a different power supply since the US uses 110V outlets.
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    I would go for the more expensive one, but try to choose having less RAM or a smaller hard drive to bring down the price if possible. Upgrading those components on your own is much cheaper.
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    Apple is only overcharging by about $70 on the cheaper model which I thought was fine given shipping costs but they are overcharging by almost $350 on the higher end 21.5

    What gives there??

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    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Not a bad idea, although I would imagine you'd need an inverter or a different power supply since the US uses 110V outlets.
    No way. Just a different power cord with Aus plugs, or not even that, just a plug adapter. The mac itself is good from 100-240v.

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    Von Benjentop's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZorroAMG View Post
    Apple is only overcharging by about $70 on the cheaper model which I thought was fine given shipping costs but they are overcharging by almost $350 on the higher end 21.5

    What gives there??


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    been searching a few shops & cheapest I could get it was $1950
    why the markup in oz
    WHY WHY WHY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Von Benjentop View Post
    WOW
    talk about overcharge....

    Conversion Rate ends up at
    US $1,499 - AUS $1,686

    hmmm maybe better to buy online & get it shipped over here then
    Quote Originally Posted by cwa107 View Post
    Not a bad idea, although I would imagine you'd need an inverter or a different power supply since the US uses 110V outlets.
    ...not to mention that the U.S. store only ships to U.S. addresses.
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    in Canada it's $1299 and $1599 plus taxes of course

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