Hey all, This is my first post on MacRumors and I am one of the many people who have used Windows their entire lives and are starting to see the light. My transition began like many people I am sure, with the iPod. Anyway, my four year old Toshiba Satellite notebook is shot. The charging port is very loose and I've been told that the motherboard is a few hundred to replace. I have been looking into MacBooks and MacBook Pros for a few months and decided that for what I need the MacBook is the way to go (internet, word documents, iTunes, some creative photo stuff). After visiting the Apple store several times recently I had great help in learning about programs and differences from Windows that were great. My main question now is: is there any benefit to purchasing the MacBook directly from an Apple store? I have checked MacMall and found several benefits including $100 rebate, free Parallels and free printer. At Apple store locations they offer the education discount which is $100 off the MacBook and around $75 off the AppleCare? Are there any other service issues that I would only be able to handle only by purchasing it direct from Apple? Thanks for your help all. Hopefully I will be joining the happy Apple owners in the next few days!!