I recently switched from PC to Mac at home and I couldnt be happier. The Mac was a little more expensive, but as a personal user, I was happy to pay the premium. I work as an office manager in a small business of 6 employees (right now only 4 though). Our current Windows machines are getting old and are in need of a replacing. Im putting together a proposal to buy new computers to submit to my boss. While I would love to switch our office over to Macs, Im having a hard time making it seem worthwhile. So Im hoping to get some ideas on how we can use Macs in our business that would make the cost premium worth it to us. Ive listed below some of the sticking points Ive encountered as I put together my proposal. 1. I priced out a Dell Dimension with features comparable to the current low-end iMac. The price of the Dell: $1,130. The cost of the iMac: $1,299 before customization and I would at least want to add a SuperDrive (the cost of the Dell includes a DVD burner). 2. The cost of the Dell above includes Microsoft Office. I will have to buy between 4 and 6 new copies of Microsoft Office for Mac. Each copy is $399. I found something on the MS website about volume licensing, and it looks like our office would be right for the Open License. But the website doesnt list any pricing information. Does anyone know what the price scale is like for the Open License? 3. Our office relies heavily on QuickBooks. All of our current computers have it, as do our accountants. We routinely e-mail our QuickBooks files to and from our accounts. It looks like on a Mac we would have to first convert the file to a Windows format, and vice versa. Also, on our current set up with our Windows machines, we keep our QuickBooks files in a shared folder, so multiple people can access it (not at the same time, although that would be nice). Would we be able to do that using QuickBooks 6 for Mac? 4. Also, I cant seem to find any information on volume licensing QuickBooks Pro 6.0 for Macs. A 5 user pack of the Windows version is $749.95. A single copy of the Mac version is $299.95. Five copies on our new Macs would run us $1499.75, twice the cost of the 5 user pack for Windows. 5. If we purchased four new iMacs at $1,399 (which includes the SuperDrive) and all of the software above (assuming a $100 discount on each additional copy of MS Office until I know otherwise), the total cost to us (excluding shipping and taxes), would be $8,091.80. The total cost of buying 4 new Dell machines would be $5,269.95. The premium for us to switch to Macs would be $2,821.85. The caveat here is that one of our PCs is less than a year old. We would only be buying three new PCs, as opposed to four new iMacs. The price difference in actuality is: $3,951.85. 6. Heres what I really need to know however. Forgetting for one moment the added cost in switching to Macs, and the trouble we will encounter sending QuickBooks files to and from our accountants, how will switching to Macs be beneficial to our small business? What makes them worth their price premium and how can I sell this idea to my boss and co-workers? Thanks much!!