Over the last week or so the ‘urge’ has started to rise again. You know the one! It is like a whisper in the back of your mind that slowly gets louder, and louder. You start off by telling yourself not to be silly, that what you have is enough, that you don’t really need it. But it is no good – like a tidal wave of irrational emotion it builds until you find yourself comparing prices, considering specifications, creating justifications in your own mind, planning how to fund it, planning how to tell the wife …………. yes, I want a Mac Pro and a second 23″ Apple Cinema Display!
There I have said it. If confession is good for the sole then that it my good deed for the day, but now what? I can’t just sit back and bask in the self satisfaction of confession. No sir, I need positive action, so first off is a trawl around the internet to look at prices and options.
The start point as always is the three Apple Online Stores, in US, UK and Spain as I can purchase from any of them, with a few caveats:
– With the UK and Spain stores I can claim the tax back as a business expense,
– Spain is Free Shipping direct to me in Spain,
– UK and USA require additional shipping charges,
– US is liable for additional customs tax.
At this stage I would only be looking to purchase the entry level Mac Pro as it would be much better than I currently have, would be more than enough for me now (with some extra RAM added of course) and I can upgrade it as and when necessary in the future.
So how do the prices work out:
UK Â£1,699 (Â£1,445.96 net tax)
Spain 2.429â‚¬ (2.093,97â‚¬ net tax)
UK Â£599 (Â£509.79 net tax)
Spain 899â‚¬ (775â‚¬ net tax)
Taking todays exchange rate the totals in â‚¬’s are:
Cheaper in Spain than the UK, it is reasonable to assume that shipping from the US to include insurance would be at least 200â‚¬ so I would in theory save 144.64â‚¬ IF the package cleared customs without incurring any tax which is a lottery to be honest. All things considered, if purchased new, then it makes sense to purchase here in Spain.
I have bought a ACD off eBay before in the UK and would do so again if the price was right. At the moment I can BuyItNow for Â£499 (742,12â‚¬) but would have to pay shipping so it works out cheaper to buy a new one in Spain. There are a few on eBay.es but they want between 750â‚¬ and 820â‚¬ so again at the moment a new one would make more sense when you take shipping into consideration.
This is a tough one! I have spent my IT allowance for the year, and can’t justify using any of our current funds on this purely selfish purchase. I can obviously sell one of the Mac mini’s as there really wont be any need to keep both of them, although I could always find a use for it I am sure, and there is no reason not to sell the Sony Vaio Desktop, although I doubt it would fetch that much. I would be lucky to get 868,97â‚¬ but assuming that I do that leaves me needing to raise 2,000â‚¬.
I am reluctant to start doing paid reviews on the site, but I can try and get some more sponsors, and I am more than willing to write reviews for other blogs and sites, and will push harder for the blog hosting, design and support that I already offer.
I am going to see this as a totally separate project from anything else that I do – raising the funds for this has to be from outside of my normal means of income, which is actually going to be pretty exciting and fun.
Even if I had the money now I wouldn’t buy now – or so I like to think! I want to see if Apple bring out new cinema displays in which case I will hopefully be able to pick up a current model to match my existing model cheaper.
I also want to wait until Leopard is out and see if they do anything with the Mac Pro’s around that time, or even bring out a cheaper tower system.
There are a number of ways in which you could help:
– if you know anyone that wants a Sony Vaio Desktop PCV-RS704 let me know
– if you know anyone that wants a Mac mini (either a 1.66Ghz basic or a 1.83GHz with 2GB RAM) let me know
– if you know anyone that wants any writing, reviewing, hosting or design done, again ……… let me know
– if you win the lottery or just feel really generous then a PayPal donation is always appreciated.
So now I am off to dig out all the old technical stuff that I have been hoarding to see what I can sell, oh yes – I better clean the house and stock the fridge up for when Sands returns for when she reads this post!
I am in no rush, but if I see a good price for a ACD then I will buy it as soon as I can, as I can always use it with the Mac Book for now.