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How To Get Your Parents To Buy You That New iMac
October 28th

We all know the situation. Large or small Mac Addict, we eagerly await for Apple's next eye popping machine. The problem is, when it finally comes along, we're usually "only" a couple G's short. More often than not, you don't have the will power or time to save up that much. Even though the advent of the sub-U$1,000 iMac helps some, the problem still remains: how do you persuade someone (most notably your parents)... to go ahead and splurge. Hmmm...

Plan A: drive them crazy (but you'll probably live to regret it)

You probably already know this situation as well. You really, really need to use the computer (life or death...) but someone else decides they have something equally important and is already on it. This is what you do...

Just exaggerate the situation. If you're not on your mac 24/7, do so. Family relations may suffer, but someone has to give in. When they realize it isn't going to be you they have one of two choices: 1.) make your life miserable, or 2.) give in and bring out the cash.

Plan B: Get down on your knees

Beg, beg, beg, beg... and then beg a little more. This is the plan that worked for me. A month before my birthday, the original Bondi Blue wonder was released. I would have probably went without food for a month to have one in my room. It finally paid off.

On my B-day, there it was sitting in the living room waiting when I got home. My dad had found an "open box" buy at CompUSA and saved several hundred dollars... so everybody was happy. Now just gotta talk him into an iBook...

Plan C: Plan ahead (Note: Plans C & D for emergency use only)

Actually plan out how you're going to pay it off. Note such things as how the computer itself will help you increase productivity and profits. Even if the plan sucks, they'll probably applaud you for taking a more mature approach, unlike A and B.

The fact is, if you're parents go ahead and buy, you're probably not going to end up paying for it all. Either they'll feel sorry for you, or just see that you're never going to have that much dough and go ahead and pay it off. Worse case scenario is that you'll have to borrow money for the rest of your teenage years.

Plan D: Forget them... you can handle it yourself

Actually do the unthinkable... get a job. If you already have one, just skip the non-necessities. I don't know about you, but I'd skip the movies a few times for an iBook. Plus, by the time you have enough money, the price will have gone down anyway.

Plan E: What? There is no plan E!

Getting tired of writing. After some intensive planning for the future, I think I'm going to go watch some football. Hope this helped in your purchasing decisions...

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