For those who regularly use the Apple Stores, do you find having one nearby helpful if you have a lot of issues with your mac? Has anyone ever used a licensed 3rd party store? There are several here in Anchorage (Sadly...there are no Apple Stores in Alaska ) and I wonder how those compare to the Apple stores. It seems that people get very good service through these stores and I like the idea of having "experts" handy that I can talk to if I have a problem with any hardware or Apple software. Are they essential? Your thoughts on the subject pease!