We buy laptops, help you sell iPhone handsets and do our best to provide a really good trade-in service for a bunch of other gadgets too. But one thing we don’t but is desktop computers (even if it’s an Apple!) because they’re jsut not worth much once you factor in postage and testing and stuff like that.
So, where did it all go wrong for the humble desktop computer?
Global sales of personal computers have fallen for the fifth consecutive quarter, hitting an all time low. According to research group, Gartner, global shipments totaled 76 million in the second quarter of 2013, dropping 10.9% on the previous year.
We’re All Taking the Tablets
Gartner’s research turned up something interesting. It appears a lot of us have given up our personal computers and used companies like Money4Machines to sell laptop and desktop computers for a bit of handy cash. And rather than upgrading to a better PC, we’re choosing to invest in low cost tablets instead.
Gartner analyst, Mikako Kitagawa, said,
“In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC.”
But it’s not just in emerging markets we tech fans are swearing off the humble home computer. Since most folks have access to a PC in the workplace – complete with printer, scanner and all that jazz – it’s started to make little sense to give up the spare room just for a space-hogging desktop computer.
Bringing PC Back
Experts say there are two things PC developers need to do to boost the popularity of their devices, and they seem to be doing both of them to some degree.
First, prices need to come down. No-one wants to pay £500 for huge PC when a £500 iPad does the same job. More cheap PC systems = a great choice of attractive, low cost options for buyers.
Second, developers need to make PC systems do things a tablet can’t. It’s a bit like how console developers have had to introduce media functionality and all-you-can-eat features to the Xbox, Wii and Playstation product ranges. For PC developers, touchscreen control has to be a consideration. After all, what’s better than a touchscreen tablet you hold in your hand? How about a 46″ tablet you mount on the wall and control with your voice and that gentle tap, tap , tap usually reserved for your iPhone!
Folks looking to sell laptops through our trade-in service aren’t always looking to abandon their personal computers. Those choosing to upgrade are predominantly Apple fans looking to invest in a fast, long-term, reliable computer for home and business use – the Macbook!