First of all let me say I'm sorry: I searched mroogle for answers to my questions with almost no luck, but I'm sure it will not take a lot before someone better than me will post links to threads with the information I'm seeking... I just realized that this post will be long so I will underline my question to ease your reading... I'm planning to buy my first Mac (a base MacBook Pro 15" with Hi-Res display) and my question, in short, is whether I can buy it with an Italian keyboard (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keyboard_layout#Italian) or not since next summer I'll spend a few weeks in the USA. If I buy such a machine and a DVI adaptor here in Italy, I'm going to spend 1,868.00. Since I'm eligible of educational discount, the price lowers to 1,681.20. If I buy the same articles in the USA, I'm going to spend $ 1,928.00 which becomes 1,460.61 according to today's USD/EUR change (1.32). If I apply my educational discount, it is further reduced to 1,314.55! So, does my educational discount apply in America too? There is no Apple Store in my nearby so I cannot check it out by myself, but in the online Apple Store I prove my affiliation by filling a form with my institutional email address & password. Is it the same? What have I to do to prove my affiliation when I step into an Apple Store? According to what I have read in a post of a Dutch guy who is going to buy his MacBook Pro in Japan, presenting his passport to the Apple Store will grant him a further 5% discount (I guess it is a refund for VAT or something like that). So far as I know, VAT in America is 6%. If so, it would leat to an amazing price of 1,235.67 (the same price of a base 13" MBP and a DVI Adaptor in Italy)... So, can I claim the refund of VAT in the USA too? According to what I have read mroogling around, there is no way to get an Italian keyboard in the USA. Did anyone manage to get a foreign keyboard instead? If so, how? Not being able to type blindly, buying the US keyboard and assigning it the Italian layout by software is not an option, nevertheless I have read that is it possible to make an Apple Point replace it for me once I get home. How much is the replacement (possibly in EUR)? I have found a few "guesstimations" but no real price so far. That's all! Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for any advice, P.