Woot! Just got my tax refund...now what to buy?

skubish

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I am pretty much settled on an iMac G5 20". I just hope Apple doesn't release a new rev. right after I buy.

One thing I need advice on is speakers.
What are some good speakers to go along with my iMac?

Thanks
 

wordmunger

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TMA said:
Why did you get a tax refund?
It's a pretty common thing in America. I don't know how it works anywhere else, but every year we have to file a tax return, where we account for all our income and then either pay extra tax that wasn't collected during the year, or get a refund if the goverment overcollected.

Some people deliberately overpay their taxes just so they'll get a "bonus" at refund time.
 

iGary

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skubish said:
I am pretty much settled on an iMac G5 20". I just hope Apple doesn't release a new rev. right after I buy.

One thing I need advice on is speakers.
What are some good speakers to go along with my iMac?

Thanks
There are some rumors on some unreliable sites of an iMac update...but I doubt it.

There, did I add to the confusion? :D
 

Mitthrawnuruodo

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Tax refunds work the same way here in Norway (which reminds me that I have some creative work ahead of me ;))

The iMac is also "Approaching the end of a cycle" according to the Buyers guide... so maybe a couple of weeks waiting may pay off...
 

Mantat

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stoid said:
Rather than buying a computer that will quickly depreciate in value, invest in Apple's stock which is about to split and likely continue it's upward climb in value for at least a little while.
Sorry but what is your financial background to give such an advice? How can you be SURE that it will go up? AAPL is probably the most speculative stock there is right now in volume x price, as such, its a very bad investment for someone who doesnt want to take risk or cant afford it.

Personnaly, I am sure that it will crash soon unless Apple make some big announcement about iPod sales, mac sales or new partnership with Sony. Right now, the premium that buyers pay is ridiculous if nothing pops out in the news soon to back it. Even the EPS for next year doesnt justify the current price and since only Jobs know about what is coming for Apple, we can all call it massive speculation.

I would be surprise about an iMac update simply because they are still selling well as it is, Apple always wait for a slow down in sales in the past. Maybe an upgrade would be justify if they up the video card to make it look better in front of the Mac mini.

Anyways, as someone said, get an external FW HD to backup. This is the best investment you will ever make!
 

tekmoe

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i used my tax refund to help pay off my car...which i paid off today!!! and boy does it feel gooooooooooooooooooooooood!!! :D :D :D
 

strider42

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Hemingray said:
And you're basically giving the government an interest-free loan. No thanks. I'd rather get as much out of my paycheck as possible and get a smaller refund come tax time.

This article pretty much sums it up:
http://money.cnn.com/2004/09/23/pf/debt/chatzky_withholdingnew/

I agree. I owe them money every year, just a small amount. But int he meantime, its been in my account earning interest. Maybe not a whole lot, but I'd rather being making money off of my savings then letting the government do it.
 

skubish

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I don't intentionally try to get a big refund, it just happened this year because we bought a big house and thus are paying more interest and taxes.

I just have to keep the wife from wanting to spend it on boring stuff like curtains, landscaping, etc.
 
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