Hi all, I just wanted to share my experiences of trying to buy my first Desktop Mac here in the UK. All I can say is that after a few months waiting for updates and shopping around I am more frustrated and confused than ever! It's no wonder Apple are in the position they are when they make it so difficult to buy a machine from them! First port of call was GHC, same company who sold me my iBook, good prices and great services - when I asked how long it might take to get a BTO Powermac though them I was told "probably about a month on these new machines"...I got a similar response from 2 other mail-order firms. ...so I go to the UK Apple store, BTO my system, get to the payment pages and bang! They don't accept Switch cards! Neither does the hotline....probably the only large retailer that doesn't!...I don't have (or want) that amount to spend on my credit card, so the only other option is a cheque....sending backwards and forwards to Holland before they even get to the building stage probably means a lead-time of 3 weeks at least! So I try PCWorld and John Lewis, Apple's 2 biggest high-street chain retailers...neither have the new models in stock, have even heard of them and PCWorld in Oxford don't even know what a Powermac is! Maybe I'm daft, but I don't want to pay last years prices for last years machines! Why, weeks after their release aren't Apple pushing their machines into these stores!? And despite the much hailed Macline displays in PCWorld offering Mac software, can I pick up a copy of iLife or Keynote or Final Cut Express? Can I fluff! My point? Whilst I'm sure there are other ways to get this stuff, I don't really want to spend my spare-time looking around for it (or at least, any more time than I already have!)...it would seem though that picking up a Mac (BTO at least) in the UK isn't a very easy (or quick) process! I helped my friend BTO a decent Windows system last night in about 20 mins, that even after paying postage and credit charges, cost half what my Powermac might...and I'm wondering if it really is worth the hassle? (of course, I know it is worth it!) Anyway...please no major flames...just wanted to share my opinions and recent experiences.