One machine that BestBuy did have was a $1000 HP desktop (no monitor).
My friend said “this is going to be a nightmare; I’ve heard such bad things about Windows Vista; maybe I should switch to Apple?” I confidently assured her that we would have the machine up and running within 20 minutes.
This top-of-the-line HP includes a keyboard and mouse with the old PS/2 connectors that I hadn’t seen for 10 years. I plugged them in. I connected the machine to the monitor and mains voltage and powered up. After answering a few questions about time zone and language the machine displayed some crystalline graphics and then a soothing uniform blue screen with an error message about “IRQ” and some discussion about dumping core.
I repeated this process a few more times, each time getting farther along before the machined blue-screened. It finally booted and I was able to connect a network cable and open up a Web browser. No Internet connection.
I called HP for technical support. The telephone support voice menus helpfully explained that Pavilion PCs were not eligible for phone support.
Why don't you go and see what happens next?—whilst I wipe the tears of hysterical laughter from my eyes and attempt to stitch my sides back together...
DISCLAIMER: I own Apple shares which, despite the company's record first quarter profits of $1.58 billion from revenue of $9.6 billion, have plummeted to May's levels over the last couple of weeks.