Geektastic:I'd never buy another PC though - I'm through with them.
lotech: I wrote a blog on the last product refresh from Apple last month. Apple do set their prices based on exchange rate, so sometimes we win and other times not so much.
For people wanting a cheap Mac there are a couple ways to go about it - refurbished machines are the best way of picking up a bargin and getting a fundamentally new machine. They don't come in the original box, any parts that are worn are replaced but come with full warranty. I've brought for myself or other 7+ comps and everyone fine.
Also you can think about an educational discount, if you ask for it in a store in NZ you'll need student ID but the Apple site doesn't require any proof of eligibility so click the link and save 10-20%.