Well, a little bit after a recent trip through airport security I discovered a little dent in my 1 ghz 17" powerbook, on the right side next to the USB port. It's a small ding, and a trip to the service center confirmed that none of the hardware inside was damaged, but now the aluminum around the ding bows out about a millimeter above it, causing the computer to close at a slight tilt. Here's my gripe...I had intended to trade this up for a faster powerbook at some point, as the 1ghz G4 really is far too slow for many high-end audio applications. Really, I like OSX 10.3.4 just fine, but Apple really has lagged far, far behind the competition with regards to processor speed in laptops, and I was waiting for a faster model, say in 6 or 8 months...or perhaps longer. I do not ever want to go back to to the windoze world, but their higher end laptops are at least twice as fast as the fastest powerbook...but that's a whole other thread. Now, Apple informs me that they NEVER take in models with physical damage of any sort for a "trade up." I understand that the bottom case is avaliable for about $300, but this seems like "good money after bad" for a machine that is rapidly falling in value (paid $3300 last summer, now used 17 inch one gigs are worth about $1600 as a trade in, IN PERFECT CONDITION.) I cannot find anyone who will repair a little dent like this...certainly not Apple...so have any of you out there had any experiences with this sort of thing ?