We are in the military and moving over to Europe at the end of July. Like everyone else, we were hoping for a refresh when the new Mac Books came out and it didn't work out. Our next chance is the release of Mountain Lion but by that time our stuff will be packed and shipped and Apple can no longer ship to APO addresses due to recent changes in USPS shipping rules. That leaves us with two options, the first to buy a 2011 model and send it with our stuff. The other is to buy one from the Apple Store in Germany. I'm hoping there might be some folks who can help me with a couple questions. If I walk into the Apple store in Germany and order a iMac will that machine be the same as a US machine? I am being told that you can change the language in the OS so everything will be in English. Do MAC's (this will be our first) have a BIOS or boot menu that I might be stuck with in German if I ever have to use it? I realize the power plug will have the German plug on the end and I will have to replace that cord when we come back to the states. My other question is that sales tax is around 19%. As a military member we get to tax taxes away with a VAT (value added tax) form. Do Apple Stores in Germany accept VAT forms? Thanks for your help!