and i'll actually combine the previous 2 suggestions. call apple and find out how much their stock machine would cost u, taxes included (shipping is usually free). then take a look at the amazon machine and what the price will be w/ the rebate. w/ amazon u should b able to get it free of shipping and taxes. for instance, after rebate i got my 12" iBook for $899 from amazon. from apple the base price w/ academic discount was $949, plus taxes which for me put the machine @ ~$1022. which one do u think i went with?