It took me just a few minutes of watching a video of Apple’s new MacBook Pro with the Retina display to decide that I want one. The only real issue is how to pay for it. Do you supposed there’d be a problem selling pre-schoolers on Craigslist? Is that bad?
Go Crazy With (or without) A Credit Card
Alright, I’m just kidding. I wouldn’t sell my two pre-schoolers just to get a new MacBook to lust over. And my first grader is good with household chores, so she’s a keeper. Until she turns 13.
In the meantime, I’m rummaging through closets trying to figure out what I can sell to pay for the MacBook Pro.
Then, my husband, as all husbands do when they want to rain on a pout parade, asked the musical question, “How much does that new MacBook Pro cost?”
I didn’t know. Let’s find out. Click over to the Apple Store and click MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Don’t click the old MacBook Pro models even though they’re new. They’re nothing to lust about.
Click the Buy Now button. If you click it twice you’d probably be sent two new Macs. Save one for me. I’ll be forever in your debt.
The MacBook Pro with Retina Display starts at $2,199. That gets you a fast Intel Core i7 CPU, 8 gigs of fast RAM, 256 gigs of flash storage, fast graphics, and 7 hours of battery life.
$2,199. That’s what cheap lust feels like. Let’s find out what really expensive lust feels like.
I selected the 2.6 GHz Retina Display MacBook Pro, and upgraded it to the faster 2.7 GHz CPU for a mere $250. Now we’re just over $3,000.
You can never have enough RAM, and an additional 8 GB of RAM is only $200. Now we’re at $3,249. One rule of thumb regarding Mac notebooks is to get as much storage as you can afford. Since this is my husband’s credit card on the Apple account, I can afford 768 GB of flash storage for an extra $500.
This new MacBook is ultra thin so there’s no built-in SuperDrive. An external model will set you back another $79.
AppleCare Protection plan is $349 for a few extra years of coverage.
Wasn’t that fun? For just over $4,100 you get the hottest new Mac ever, the one with the display so gorgeous that Mac mommies would consider selling a child or two on Craigslist just to own one (I’m just considering it– I’ve written the ad already, but haven’t click Submit).
That’s about as far as I would go for a Mac this luscious. But if money was not an object, it wouldn’t take much to run up the price on Apple’s new Mac darling.
Add the $999 Thunderbolt Display (it’s not a Cinema Display anymore), and we’re over $5,100. One-to-One membership is a mere $999. And the complete collection of cables, adapters, and converters for the MacBook pushes the price tag to less than $5,600.
How do we get to $9,000? Just a few more clicks.
The External Thunderbolt Storage is $2,499. The 3TB TIme Capsule is $499. Apple TV is $99. And the Epson printer brings the total to a whopping $8,865.94.
So, I told my husband I’d settle for the $4,177 configuration, and asked him how much headroom was on his credit card. He said he’d get back to me. He’s been gone all day and he took the kids with him.
That’s the price of Apple lust.