Re: cost-effective buy
AC, you seem to be mistaken, I have corrected it for you.
Mac User: Go all the way to an inner city store, pay a large sum of money for a Mac (although parting with that amount of cash seems easy whilst enjoying the luxurious, flamboyant settings of the store). Complete the setup wizard in less than 5 minutes and boot to the same looking 10-year-old desktop. Go to the App Store and download all your programs that Apple allows you to use. Discover that you need to buy certain connectors that of course weren't provided. Discover that you probably need to buy an Apple TV if you want to stream music/tv, as Apple refused to follow open standards such as DLNA that hundreds of other companies joined up to. Feel smug that your new Mac will never get Trojans, Malware, Viruses even though this has proven to not be the case.
PC User: Go to store, buy PC, take it home, switch it on. Complete the setup wizard, it may take a bit longer than Apple's, but who really cares? Spend about 10mins uninstalling vendor bloat. Install a new browser. Feel free to choose from millions of applications from various sources. Upgrade a hardware component if required and not get fleeced in doing so. Feel pleased that your PC will likely last many years as you will not feel the need to upgrade on a yearly basis due to a newly released version that contains hardware that the previous version should have had. Accept you have a higher chance of installing malware apps than Apple users, due to Windows being the most widely used and hence targeted system. science!