I visited Best Buy, Futureshop, and London Drugs (here in British Columbia, Canada), and all of them said the same thing about the Macbook Air: We'll match Apple's student discount, and offer you a free copy of Microsoft Office Student Edition, "a $130 value! it's a better deal than the $100 gift certificate". Well, I don't want Microsoft Office. Every single time I asked (I didn't insist since I was only at each shop to see if they were easy to budge), this is what happened... and literally, it's like they were all scripted: "The Office deal is actually better than the App Store deal. You get a $130 piece of software that you need for school anyways." I didn't argue past that... I just said "Oh, okay... thanks." So I'm wondering: Has anyone tried insisting or seeing if they have a back-up plan with customers? Ex. a customer comes in, says they already bought Office, and says they want a gift card instead? Microsoft Office is something I never want to support. It's a piece of junk money grab. I mean, it's industry standard for many businesses... but it's still a piece of junk! They renew it yearly and add what? <_< It's Microsoft's worst product in my opinion. I plan to use Pages and another program specifically made for doing research papers; that's all I need... just word processing. None of this Microsoft Office stuff. I'm a third year college student... I've made it this far without Office... I don't think I need it now lol! So anyways... has anyone sort-of pushed it and seen if they just say "sorry, that's our only deal"?? I was planning to drive to the Apple store (and I still do plan to)... but I guess I should've talked longer with the sales reps to find out.