The first time I made hard cider, I bought fresh squeezed cider from an orchard, it worked fine but it was expensive and not cost effective. You could press your own apples for juice but you would have to add an extra step of pasteurizing it. Today we are going simple
After researching cider at a home brew forum http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f32/
, I discovered that Treetop Apple Juice contains no preservatives, which will affect your yeast. Most store bought juices contain preservatives. Treetop contains only juice and water. I buy it from Costco, 2 gallons for about $7.