I am writing this message out on my Macbook Pro i7. This happens to be the first Mac computer that I have ever owned. I am absolutely loving the experience so far. What seems to be worth more than anything though is the rare story that goes along with how I bought the computer. I thought I would share it here. I have been obsessing about what specs to chose when configuring my MBP for the past two months. I sold my self built desktop PC and some music gear, and found out that I was still about $800 short of the specs that I wanted. I came into the Macrumors forum to ask for suggestions on what specs I could downgrade to fit my budget better. The thread was very successful and I appreciate the help! Towards the end of the 2nd page, a forum member posted that a friend had a MBP with the exact specs I was looking for and they were wanting to sell it. Thats rare enough as it is that I would find someone who has the exact specs I want, but trust me.. it gets better. The mods quickly erase the post understandably as its against the rules. However I just so happened to see it right before it was deleted and I PMd the member. He explains to me that his friend bought some of these computers to contract out to his employees, but one of them didnt want to accept the responsibility and so he had one left over. He was nice enough to help the guy try and sell the computer and decided he would mention it in my thread. I tell the guy that Im not sure that Im comfortable with buying a used computer, especially when I cant see it in person but I ask him where he lives thinking that maybe if he is close by, I can check it out. He responds back with his city and state and his phone number. I notice that his phone number shares my area code and also, he lives in a city that is 15 minutes from me. I figure this is a scam and he must have seen my location in my profile, but I look and its not listed. I call the guy and he is shocked to find that I share his area code and I explain to him that I live right next door. It also turns out that his friend who is selling the computer shares my first name. The next night we meet up at the Apple store to get the computer checked out. Turns out the computer was only 5 days old and was in perfect condition. I bought a dvi adapter and then came back to my place to pay the guy and accept the sale. In the end, I saved around $700 on a brand new MBP i7 and also got some great accessories like a RCA video cable with S-Video and a Wrapsol package. Another thing thats kind of crazy is that I have been planning on buying a laptop for 3 years now. Each year I come up with a good sum of money and I customize a Dell laptop online, only for something to get in the way that takes my money. Finally when Im actually able to get my laptop, it ends up being a Mac. This whole thing seems like a crazy form of fate. It has been about a week since buying the computer and we have become good friends and will be going up to the Apple store together on the 24th to buy the iPhone 4. The computer has been working out great and its everything and more that I thought it would be. I finally said goodbye to the PC world and Ill never look back. I hope you enjoy the story as much as Ive enjoyed the experience.