New Zealand’s Apple online store finally came online the other day but many New Zealand Mac users are disappointed. It seems the store runs on a Microsoft IIS server rather than Mac OS X.
According to Paul Johnston, Head of Renaissance’s Apple division, the store is directly linked to the hosting company’s back-end systems whose pages are written in ASP. Moreover the hosting company lack expertise and experience in the Macintosh area. [Via: Computerworld – Apple store fails dog food test]
Add to that the standard $20 shipping fee, lack of “opening specials”, lack of third-party products and the exact same prices as anywhere else and we Mac users haven’t found what we were hoping for.
Buyers should also beware. The Terms and Conditions specify that credit cards will be charged at the time of order, not the time of delivery. My own experience in the past of waiting months for items ordered from resellers could make that a very expensive way to go.
Your credit card will be charged in full at the time of placing an order. This does not guarantee immediate shipment of your order.
At this time TotallyMac (who have provided excellent service to me in the past) remain a much better choice.
Shipping of most product is FREE. … All orders shipped are insured at no additional charge. … We do not charge your credit card for an item until it is shipped.