As some of you may already know, I am a Mac geek.
I love my MacBook, I love my iMac and I absolutely worship my iPhone.
Apple have dropped points off of my blood pressure, with a machine that has not crashed even once in the 18 months I have had it.
It is an awesome piece of quality engineering. It rocks!
If you are one of the great unwashed, who is still chained to a PC running Windows, then I beseech you to go out and by a MacBook - preferably the new MacBook Pro.
A truly positive life-changing experience!
Except......under no circumstances buy one in Muscat!
There is an Apple dealer based in Qurum, and in my opinion, the team there are some of the biggest shysters in the business. I can name names but I'll leave my mouth shut for now.
All I needed was a cable to connect to an external monitor. Apple manufacture a nifty little connector which costs US$17.99 on the Net.
The thieves in Qurum are charging 25 Rials - that's....wait for it......US$65.00
"It's the customs duty on it sir, very expensive you see. You are living here or on holiday?"
I needed it quickly, but the last straw was when they said that the card machine was down and that it was "cash only, sir, sorry sorry" - suspecting unscrupulous activity, I left.
Funny how when I bought it online and brought it in to show the barstewards that NO CUSTOMS DUTY WAS REQUIRED FOR IT, that they didn't know which way to look.
Ah, screw it! I've had enough - the place is called "Fusion Logic" - stay away!
I have reported them to Apple, so it will be interesting to see the response.
Buy your new Mac in Europe or even Dubai.