Buying Apple Products

Hello.  I am in/near Los Angeles, Ca.  I am a Windows network admin, who must acquire a $7000 assortment of Apple equipment (CPU, monitors, etc) for a new graphics artist.  Inasmuch as I have no experience buying Apple products beyond its retail stores, I should ask "those you who know" where I can buy this equipment with the assistance of a sales rep who won't take us to the cleaners.  I'd prefer online/delivery.
Thank you.
Mike
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pony10usConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I can't really answer your question however I thought I would through out a couple of things that might help.

Do you already have this "new graphics artist"? If you do then this person should have some input on what you need to purchase for them to perform their job.

With that information in hand I would then contact some well established online companies to get bids/quotes.

The vendors that I would recommend are Softchoice, Zones and CDW.

Go to them already knowing what you want/need if possible.  Also ask about how long it will take to recieve.

Again, just some suggestions.

www.softchoice.com
www.zones.com
www.cdw.com
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aindelicatoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
you will get laundered .. :)

There is very little margin on Apple products.. so the prices are the same everywhere you go.

You can shop locally at BestBuy, but then order online, etc..

Or at an Apple Store.
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michaelheffernanAuthor Commented:
Thank you both.  She doesn't have much of a clue; the stuff's always been supplied to her.  I will eyeball these suggestions.
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michaelheffernanAuthor Commented:
Yeah, I figure that about Apple.  Thanks again.
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pony10usCommented:
It looks like the "street" (no corporate account discount) price at Softchoice is the same as the apple store:

http://www.softchoice.com/searchresults?Ntt=Mac%20Pro%20MD770LL/A&dim=1&scc=Mac%20Pro%20MD770LL/A

CDW is the same as well:

http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Apple-Mac-Pro-Xeon-W3565-3.2-GHz-Monitor-none/2735452.aspx?enkwrd=ALLPROD%3a%7cMac%2520Pro%2520MD770LL%252fA%7cAll%20Product%20Catalog

However Zones does come in about $4.50 cheaper:

http://www.zones.com/site/locate/search.html?txt_search=Mac+Pro+MD770LL%2FA&non_partner_search=no_partner_id&txt_search2.x=12&txt_search2.y=12


So basically what the others have said is probably best.  Deal directly with Apple for a pennies (or a couple dollars) more it is worth the piece of mind of no middle man.  :)
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