I don't know where you people are shopping, but the prices in CA are way cheaper for the same products out here. Either you are horrible shoppers, or can't find www.outpost.com
You can get a brand new laptop with most of the fancy gadgets and never pay over a grand for it. We don't sell IBM's out here though, and why would you place so much money on a name whose parts came from overseas?
Yes, I was joking, you can buy an IBM in CA, just doesn't happen often.