I recently bought a MacBook Pro, 13" and was kind of shocked at what Apple charges for additional memory or larger HD over the stock options. I can understand bringing in a computer after purchase and upgrading, where used parts are removed and returned, but seriously an extra $400 to bump the RAM 4Gb to 8GB? They are only adding another 4GB ($125 a stick at full retail prices). You know darn well the 2GB sticks are going into another machine on the assembly line, no one is having to pull from an already assembled unit and then reinstall the other memory. Side note-I still don't understand why all manufactures insist on using smaller sticks and filling all slots instead of using larger sticks and leving a slot open. Sure, a 4GB is a few bucks more the 2x2GB, but it would certainly make upgrading later more cost effective. Stock 250GB HD, $150 up-charge to go to a 500GB? Name brand 7200 rpm 500GB drives can be had for less than $100, they are still going to use that 250GB one in another machine. Again, it's not like they are making it one way and then having to go in and change. They are making it with the bigger parts from the get go. I am sure the 8GB RAM/500GB HD configuration is a standard one that comes off the line, no real additional cost other than the more expensive parts, but they sure seem to rape folks who might want the extras from the get go. At those prices, I would expect to have the 4gb and 250GB HD "stock" parts included as spares. Instead of paying Apple $550 (+tax) I went to Newegg, picked up a 7200 rpm WD 500GB HD ($69.99) and 2x4GB of memory ($199.98) with free shipping, for out of pocket of $269.97, less than half of what Apple would charge AND I still have the "original" parts that I can sell to recoup some of the cost ($125 anyone?). It took me all of about 20 minutes to swap the stuff out, then CCC to clone the disc over. All in all a pretty simple job. I am really diggin my Mac since I switched, but damn that was a hard Apple to swallow!