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#129: Best in Showroom | August 2010


It’s Mac to School Season!

August already! Didn’t summer just begin? It’s typical in Vermont that it seems like just weeks ago I was sitting at my desk and wondering when we would ever see warm summer weather. Shortly after, we found ourselves stuck in hot and humid temperatures that felt more like southern living than Vermont summer!

With August here, I find myself once again wishing I had accomplished at least half of my summer plans and have started to pack my weekends full of summer activities in a last ditch effort to enjoy all that summer has to offer.

A sure sign of the approaching fall are parents walking through our doors with papers of lists and specs in hand, while students look both excited and overwhelmed as they compare one Mac to the next. Many upcoming college freshman have already begun stopping into our retail stores, comparing prices and specials we have to offer and finalizing all the accessories they need to have a successful start to their college career. This can be a daunting task for many—balancing what you need verses what you REALLY want.

That decision can leave many buyers stumped, but we can help! We have already put together bundles, specials and gift cards to help you weigh all of your options and put together packages that have all you technology needs. The biggest deal: Get up to a $100 gift card when you purchase a new Mac and AppleCare (you can use it immediately, if you’d like—plus, it never expires!).

Our staff is knowledgeable and skilled at helping parents and students understand the differences from one computer to the next. We encourage anyone headed back to school this fall to stop into our stores and see what we have to offer or pre-shop our specials by clicking on the image below.

We can make your back to school shopping convenient and stress-free!

-Emily and the Waitsfield staff

CinemaView 24in Display Overview
By Emily Dolloff, Waitsfield Store Manager

Need more screen space and want a design that compliments your Mac without breaking the bank?

The 24in CinemaView monitor with Mini DisplayPort could be the perfect solution for your needs. With the Mini DisplayPort connection, the CinemaView LCD monitor uses the same connection as your Mac—making it easy to connect and utilizes the stunning picture quality. (This is the first non-Apple Display to use this connection!)

This monitor features the look of the Apple Display, but for hundreds less. It has a die cast aluminum base with a black rubberized composite housing cover that is reminiscent of Apple’s Display. The display senses when your Mac is turned on or wakes from sleep and turns itself on automatically. Perhaps more importantly, it also turns itself off when your Mac is switched off or goes into sleep mode.

While the CinemaView display does not use a backlit LED like the Apple Display does, it offers impressive image quality with a cinematic 16:9 aspect ratio and also features four USB ports on the back.

We have these monitors set up in both of our retail locations, so come in and take a look! It has become a staff favorite and one we know our customers will enjoy just as much as we do.

Check out the review on Macsimum News here.
Read the review on Unplggd here.

AT&T is coming to Small Dog!
By Emily Dolloff, Waitsfield Store Manager

We are very excited to announce that in the coming weeks we will be an authorized AT&T dealer, finally making us your one-stop shop for ALL your Apple accessories!

Since the release of the iPhone, many of our customers have been stopping into our retail stores and calling into our phone sales department hoping their local Apple dealer can also set them up with a new iPhone. We were always disappointed to have to tell our loyal customers they would need to shop elsewhere for a favorite Apple accessory, but not anymore!

We expect in the coming weeks to begin selling the iPhone and other AT&T accessories and devices. Please keep an eye on our website and local publications for upcoming information and an official announcement to when we will have service and phones available.


New Apple Products!

Quick overview: Last Tuesday, Apple announced iMac and Mac Pro updates, the Magic Trackpad and more.

There’s too much to list here, so read all of the details on our blog, Barkings!

August '10 Product of the Month

13” MacBook Pro

This MacBook Pro has been recently discontinued and has closeout pricing!

It has the standard one year Apple warranty and is eligible for the three year AppleCare Protection Plan.


August '10 Classes

Absolute Mac Basics
S. Burlington – Sun. 08/08/10 5:15pm to 6:45pm

Mac Basics Level Two
S. Burlington – Sun. 08/15/10 5:15pm to 6:45pm

Comprehensive iPad
S. Burlington – Sun. 08/29/10 5:15pm to 6:45pm

August Free Saturday Seminars

Every Saturday, we hold free seminars in our S. Burlington store. Come in for more details!

8/7/10 – System Preferences, 2pm
8/7/10 – iPad Overview, 4pm
8/14/10 – iPhoto, 2pm
8/14/10 – iPad, 4pm
8/21/10 – iChat, 2pm
8/21/10 – iPad, 4pm
8/28/10 – iWork, 2pm
8/28/10 – iPad, 4pm

August '10 Contest

This month, we’ll be giving away a brand new iMac to one lucky customer! More details to come…

For weekly information, you may subscribe to either our Kibbles & Bytes or Tech Tails newsletters, and it will be delivered right to your inbox!

For daily information, check our blog, Barkings!

August '10 Specials

Black 16GB 5G iPod nano,
90 day warranty, $129.99

Use this coupon to save $5 on any iPad case with purchase of iPad!
Be sure to bring this into the store or mention the August Best in Showroom coupon at point of purchase.