Little sister goes off to college in a couple weeks, so I was asked to config her a laptop.
Now, before I switched to my Mac mini, I'd had two Dells, and I was quite happy with them. Cheap, did the job, etc.
Now, sure, the site says you can get a laptop for $800. Okay.
You then go through three pages of options, with all sorts of spammy "hey want AOL?" "hey want a colored anal plug?" etc. type prompts. Three huge, long pages of configuations.
Not only that, but the $800 price is for irresponsibly poor config options. 128mb RAM for Windows XP? No thanks, mofos.
By the time I'd config-ed it for her, it was $1600 - and no tax or shipping yet. Yeah. Nope, she'll use Dad's spare instead.
Buying an Apple laptop?
Done! And for approximately the price they quote you on the store pages, not twice as much.