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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History 385

Posted by timothy
from the demand-elasticity-and-substitution dept.
dryriver writes "Global personal computer (PC) sales have fallen for the fifth quarter in a row, making it the 'longest duration of decline' in history. Worldwide PC shipments totalled 76 million units in the second quarter, a 10.9% drop from a year earlier, according to research firm Gartner. PC sales have been hurt in recent years by the growing popularity of tablets. Gartner said the introduction of low-cost tablets had further hurt PC sales, especially in emerging economies. 'In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC,' said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said in a statement."
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

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  • by tuppe666 (904118) on Thursday July 11, 2013 @08:43AM (#44249733)

    No mention of the fact that Intel and Microsoft are still bleeding customers on gross margins of 70%. Computers have to compete against other computing devices, and they are not doing so on price. Windows 8 being a tablet OS is the nail in the coffin.

  • Re:needs vs wants (Score:4, Interesting)

    by alen (225700) on Thursday July 11, 2013 @08:43AM (#44249735)

    it has everything to do with smartphones and tablets

    a family needs only 1 PC in the now. but a smartphone or tablet for every member on average. lots of kids starting around 9 get their own smartphones. earlier than that for ipads

  • It's not tablets (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MpVpRb (1423381) on Thursday July 11, 2013 @08:57AM (#44249931)

    The main reasons that sales are dropping...

    Everybody that needs one has one, and they work well enough. Very few people need the latest and greatest

    The various different activation and protection schemes make it a royal pain to upgrade

    I used to buy new hardware frequently, and just clone my hard drive

    Now, I hold on to hardware for as long as possible

    I fear that if I upgrade, I will end up spending hours on hold waiting to convince some dude in India that I'm not a pirate

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