I won't retell my whole story here, just briefly recap the main points. I made a pact with my college bound daughter that the latest we will wait for the updated MBP is February 26th (I know school is still 6 months away, but she's been without her own computer since summer, so yeah, another month or two waiting for the MBP update is something neither one of us relishes). After doing some research into alternatives outside of Apple, I decided that my fall back position will be Dell XPS M1330. Today I took her to a Staples store to check it out, and the silly goose said she doesn't like it! Since she doesn't want a plain old Mac Book either, I'm stuck getting her the current MBP Besides wanting the latest processor, the primary reason I've been waiting is the fact that the current model does not have a user replaceable hard drive, which is a problem considering the fact that the base model comes equipped with only a 120GB hd, forcing me to go the BTO route through Apple.com which a) is more expensive than buying a bigger/faster drive from a place like Newegg, and b) adds 5% sales tax to the cost of the machine. I was planning to buy her the low end MBP when it got updated to Penryn, but seeing that I'm likely to have to go with current Merom version, I'm leaning toward getting her the mid range model. I can get it from Amazon for $2170 with no sales tax, which is actually less than an EPP price. I figure that at worst I'll be getting a machine almost as fast at the low end Penryn MBP for $170 more. And if the changes to the new MBPs go beyond a simple processor upgrade (larger or user replaceable hd, better graphics, case redesign), I may just pay the $325.50 restocking fee, so those new features will really cost me an additional $155.50 (sorry for being so exact ) Before I do this (this Tuesday, assuming there is no MBP update), I have the following questions: 1. In case the updated MBPs come out within 30 days of my order, would Amazon insist on getting a 15% restocking fee from me? 2. When does the 30-day clock start: immediately after I place the order, when the MBP is shipped, or when I take possession of it? 3. In the past, how soon after the introduction of new MBPs did Amazon start offering their coupons?