When I moved up to New Hampshire in August, my younger cousins started coming over to my house every weekend. We have all Macs here- a Snow iMac G3/500, a DP Power Mac G4/500 w/ 17" ASD + Sound Sticks, a PowerBook G3/500, and a PowerBook 1400 G3/400.
One of my younger cousins who is about 10, started asking for an iMac for Christmas in about October. My Aunt couldn't believe it saying how expensive it was and how they really couldn't afford it. She also thought that he would change his mind and ask for an XBox or Game Cube, or a bunch of smaller toys (remember that he's 10).
By Thanksgiving, he was still only asking for an iMac. My Aunt had saved up a bunch of money for Christmas and started asking me about where she could get a deal on an iMac. I found a bunch and gave her the lists. The $499 iMacs had just run out in NY, so that didn't work, and all of the $600-$700 iMacs were refurbished.
When I saw her one day, I reccommended that she give him a gift card to the new Apple Store that was opening in Salem, NH so he could either go and pick out the computer himself (and add on with any money he might have). That way he could also wait a week and a half to see what new iMacs came out at MWSF. By this point, though, my Aunt had already purchased an Indigo iMac for him (mid-range). :eek:
I guess that's one heck of a present, huh?
So that's my conversion story, but I don't think I really had anything to do with it other than let him actually USE the computer.
My other cousins (his older brothers) each have an HP PC which they use almost every minute that they are home on games like Everquest. (One of my cousins asked me to buy 512 MB of RAM for his machine because that's the 'reccommended' amount for it to run!)
They don't let him use their PCs for anything (including homework), and that's one of the reasons I think he's getting it. Should be a fun Christmas helping to set up a new Mac.