Hello everyone and Merry Christmas. Last year on December 31 (2005), my friend was gonna buy a Mac. The Apple Store salesperson sold to my friend a new 17" iMac (G5) and a new 13" iBook both for a total of $1,450.00. All because the sales person told us, it was because it was the end of the year and that Apple wants to clear out it's inventory to meet yearly sales projections...or something like that. All this because it was the end of the year and according to the Apple salesman, they do it every year. Keep in mind this sale will not be advertised. You will have to go into an Apple Store to see for yourself. I am pretty sure, if you call them now they will pretty much confirm it. Just for you guys, also, to know...the Apple salesperson originally offered to sell us those 2 computers for $1,650.00. It went down to $1450.00 mainly because we bargained and played hardball. My friend actually wanted to get either an iMac and an iBook. Obviously, if she wanted to get just one, my friend would've spent much lesser that $1,450.00. However, because Apple really was trying to sell these machines we were able to get $200.00 off his original deal. So you can bargain...remember that. Well, I hope this helps someone who can't decide whether to get a Mac now or later. Take Care & Merry Christmas! -Vtorch P.S. I forgot to mention we were able to get the 512 mb iPod shuffle (1st gen) for $25.00.