About to make my first ever Mac purchase and have chosen a maxed out MBA, so I'm keen to finally understand what all the fuss is about with these Apple computers . I've resisted for far too long. However, I'm not a big fan of banks for a number of reasons that will take this thread way off topic. I would though like to purchase my MBA from an Apple store with cash and I have phoned and found that there will be no problem if I do this. The problem though is that none of the stores I have phoned keep anything but the basic models in stock and because I live in the UK there is no ship to store option for a BTO purchase. This means that effectively there is no solution for anyone wishing to purchase in cash and machine that is not a stock version. Has anyone surmounted this problem or can think of a way round it?