This girl on Facebook asked for laptop recommendations, her requirements being mainly word processing (and probably youtube/itunes). All her friends recommended incredibly expensive Macs, I showed her a decent and much cheaper netbook. (Asus EE PC 1215N) Guess what she chose? I did mention afterwards that she at least consider purchasing a second-hand Mac for cost purposes, though I doubt she'll listen.
Our Macbook was a nightmare. The case cracked, updating to Snow Leopard completely hosed it, the disc drive stopped working, etc. I've been MUCH happier with my $400 Toshiba.