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School bought Apples — why?

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In reading the Journal this morning (Oct. 21) I noticed 32 Apple laptops valued at $36,000 were stolen from the Newcastle school. Now, my question is this: anybody with computer knowledge knows that Apple laptops are priced much higher than a PC. I dare say that for $36,000 you could buy 72 or maybe more PC laptops, which have great performance. Being a purchasing agent for 22 years, I have to wonder are these items bought on a bidding basis? If so who, made the decision to buy the cream of the crop rather than spend less monies for the good, adequate performance laptop? It is mentioned that Apple granted good payment conditions but any source I am sure would match in today’s economic climate. Jim Johnston, Auburn