I'm presented with a few rather tiresome dilemmas on my path to a glittering new MacBook Pro to replace my old 13" Core 2 Duo unit (which I bought immediately before the release of the Core i7's, ). Among them is my Canadian location, and the strong Canadian dollar. Several web outlets can get me the 2.0GHz 15" Pro at a reasonable price, such as MacMall or B&H Photo Video, but the problem is that none of them will ship here, and arranging for a contact in the States to bring it up here for me is a dicey option. If I could get one from there, I could save anything up to $250 with the discounts and favourable exchange rate, and that's no amount of money to sneeze at. Canadian online retailers would sell it to me for $1850, in Canadian dollars, and buying locally is even less appealing option, since my province has an extortionate 15% sales tax. A lot of people have suggested I buy refurbished, but deals on the particular MacBook I'm after don't often come up on the Apple Canada store, and I can't actually get the computer for another few weeks, when I've saved up the funds. An appealing option, that I didn't think was going to be appealing, is eBay. There's a lot of reseller deals on at the moment, in anticipation of back to school sales, and since they're in US dollars, I would save on the exchange rate, and since it would be considered a private sale, I wouldn't be charged absurd taxes. Might need to pay duty, but it's pretty easy to circumvent that. Speaking of back to school, a friend of mine is also a teacher at community college, and if he was to buy the computer on my behalf, I could save $100 on it, and there's a deal on now where I would get a $100 gift card for the Mac App Store. Certainly I could think of one or two things I would like to use that on. And as far as I know, any duty or other taxes are included in the price listed on the website. I tried going through the checkout, and the only added-on cost was a small recycling fee. I'm not sure if more costs will be added on later, but I very much doubt it. Which seems like my best option? What are some pitfalls I should be weary of? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.