So I just returned from a venture to the Apple Store at The Gateway in Salt Lake City. My intention was to purchase a 24" iMac 3.06Ghz and a new iPod Touch. The store was no busier than I had seen it in the past, I told the guy working the front door that I would like to buy a Mac. He referred me to a girl with a clipboard who told me flat out that I couldn't buy a Mac tonight. She said that I needed to setup a Personal Shopping appointment and come back another day. I explained to her that I knew exactly what I wanted and that I didn't need the Personal Shopping appointment, that I just wanted someone to ring me up but once again I was shut down. Her best offer was to put me on a list but she said they probably couldn't get to me. So Apple has come to this? A customer with $2600 ready to spend is refused business? Has anyone else run into this? ****UPDATE: Went back to the Apple Store the next day, check the bottom of page 2 of this thread for details.