In what is a first for the Apple Demo Day program, a regional, statewide event surrounding “tax free” days in the state of Pennsylvania has been scheduled for the next two weekends.
Apple’s retail marketing arm, MarketSource Corp., is looking for additional Mac demonstrators for a special Demo Day event at Circuit City and CompUSA locations across the state of Pennsylvania for Sunday, February 18, Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th. At press time, a number of locations have not been filled. Information on those locations is available at the official Demo Day representative Web site.
The special dates are to coincide with the states “Tax-Free PC Holiday on Personal Computers.” Any individual who buys a personal computer tax-free at retail stores in the Commonwealth, through the mail, by phone, or over the Internet, will pay no taxes provided the computer is for non-business use and all hardware and software are purchased in the same transaction. Ordinarily, Pennsylvania residents must pay six percent PA Use Tax on computers.
During the states first observance of “Tax-Free PC” week last August, some retailers reported that their personal computer sales soared to more than double their normal levels. “That’s what this first-in-the-nation opportunity was all about: putting the power of technology to work in Pennsylvanians’ homes,” Gov. Tom Ridge, R-Pa, said.
As announced by MacCentral on January 25, MarketSource is looking for additional Mac demonstrators for Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at its nationwide Circuit City Demo Day event. Compensation will be US$75.00 for each Demo Day worked, paid upon receipt of an electronic status report. Work hours are from 12 pm to 5 pm, local time.
The special regional event is another clear sign of Apple’s commitment to Demo Days. During Apple’s Analyst conference in early February, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Tim Cook, said Apple did 12,000 Demo Days worldwide last quarter and planned on expanding the program “more formally” to present solutions face-to-face. Cook said Apple is pleased with the Demo Day model and plans on strengthening it domestically.