When is an iPod …

… not a computer.

Or, stupid Service Centre enquiry of the day.

Our Australia office allows people to “salary package” certain items, it’s pretty common in Australia apparently. The staff produce receipts for certain allowable items and that amount is subject to preferential tax rates.

Most companies have defined items that can be packaged, usually car park, car leasing, superannuation contribution, laptop computers. But with computers it’s very well defined, so they can claim the computer itself but not peripherals like wires, printers and stuff.

This staff asked if it’s possible to package an iPod. I mean, duh. Which part of an iPod is a laptop computer?