Personal computer demand off, but not dramatically; Apple’s Mac looks strong

“The bad news for personal computer makers is that consumers aren’t in much of a mood to buy new PCs. The good news is that demand hasn’t completely fallen off a cliff. A survey of U.S. households this month by IBD’s polling partner, TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence, finds that 21% of respondents are likely to buy a new PC within the next six months. A year ago, the figure was 24%,” Patrick Seitz reports for Investor’s Business Daily. “The TechnoMetrica reports are based on monthly random phone surveys of at least 900 U.S. adults.”

“The IBD/TIPP Home Computer Purchase Outlook Index fell 12% from the previous month to 16.9 in December, its lowest level in seven months; the 12-month average for the index is 17.7. The 16.9 reading is down 19% from 20.9 a year ago. Index scores range from zero to 100, with higher numbers corresponding to greater intent to buy new PCs,” Seitz reports. “Purchase intent for new home PCs was actually lower in May at 14.9 and March at 14.3, which was the lowest reading since TechnoMetrica began polling consumers on PC buying plans in April 2002.”

“Among likely PC buyers, Dell remains the preferred vendor. The Round Rock, Texas, company is tops for desktops, with 47% of likely buyers, and notebooks, with 35% of likely buyers. Overall, Dell is the PC vendor of choice, with 38% of likely buyers, down from 41% a year ago,” Seitz reports.

MacDailyNews Take: In related news, 38% of the general population can’t name the author of Huckleberry Finn, provide the square root of 9, or name even one planet in our solar system (including Earth), but they can tell you more than you’d ever want to know about Britney’s latest video. These sheepeople will have to repeatedly see and hear about others using Macs for the fact to finally penetrate their nearly impenetrable denseness that Dell’s or anybody else’s Windows PCs are crap. They. Just. Don’t. Get. It. Nor do they read much, if at all. Some can barely speak. Constant drool is not uncommon. Mouth-breathing is a given. On the bright side, the tipping point seems to finally be approaching:

Seitz reports, “Apple is No. 2 in popularity with 17% of likely buyers, up from 13% last year. For notebook computers, Apple’s share of likely buyers is 22%, up from 15% a year ago. Hewlett-Packard slipped behind Apple to third place from second a year ago, with 13% of likely buyers, down from 18% last year.”

Full article here.


  1. Hey, I have mac.. but I don’t know who wrote Huckleberry Finn…
    can some one tell me so I can get out of the sheepeople community?

    And no, I don’t know any song from from Britney or her latest news, but with that body, who cares???

  2. @Viktor,
    Actually I do know a song from Britney (Womanizer…. ironic isn’t it. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” /> ) and Hucklebery Finn was a character written by Mark Twain, a very famous Americal, (aka Samuel Clemens (sp)) who also inspired the famous saying as steamboats would move up the river they would check the depth and say “By the mark….. twain” as the depth made two fathoms….. deep enough for the shallow river boats.

    “A steamboat pilot needed a vast knowledge of the ever-changing river to be able to stop at any of the hundreds of ports and wood-lots along the river banks. Twain meticulously studied 2,000 miles (3,200 km) of the Mississippi for more than two years before he received his steamboat pilot license in 1859. “

    More junk that you really wanted to know, right? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Just a thought.

  3. MDN, your take is perfect. I have read that, now that gas prices have fallen, some people are actually buying large gas-guzzling monstrosities again. Reality? What’s that? That’s the monster that is eventually going to rise up and bite you in the ass, stupid! Then the weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth will begin.

  4. Tell me, Berrylium . . .

    Who is doing more damage to the environment, the economy, the solar system, the universe, etc.:

    The person who owns a “monstrosity” gas-guzzler who drives it three times a week to the store (round trip 6.3 miles, weekly use approximately 22 miles), or the regional widget salesman who drives his compact car all day, five days a week, on his rounds? Weekly use: approximately 550 miles.

    The first person consumes approximately 2 gallons a week in gas. The second, approximately 20. So who’s the “monster” here?

    It ain’t the “guzzler,” sir or madam: It’s the number of miles driven therein. Get it? Limit the number of miles someone can drive per time period if you truly want to save the whales. Limit their fuel allotment, and the eagles will fly proud and free again.

    Damn, but sometimes . . . .

  5. I think the word is: Affordable

    The reason the vast majority of people are buying Dell is because the computers are cheap, and not everyone can do the math and have it work out where owning a computer – no matter the brand or quality – is worth $600 without a monitor.

  6. @Randian : I decree that you shall not drive at all.

    Dude, who is going to enforce your driving limit rules? And how are you going to do it?
    You must love big government controlling your life.
    Randian, next stop fat people – let’s have the government ration food.

    How about electricity rationing, too?

  7. ……and the guy who has the Hummer, and never drives it anywhere, is an angel compared to the guy in the mini car who drives it to the moon and back every day, twice, and runs over little old ladies and has a boot full of bombs to leave in public places… who is evil personified….

    No distorting mirror from a crazy-house can disguise the fact that big petrol-cars are on the way out, thank heavens.

  8. So Randian, all gas-guzzler owners can only drive their vehicle 22 miles a week? What defines a gas-guzzler? Anything under 30 mpg? 40 mpg?

    Randian, if you are going to have the Govt. limit a person’s driving miles, why wouldn’t the Govt. just go one step further and dictate the type of vehicle one could own and how many vehicles a person could own?
    Once you go down the slippery slope of taking away personal choice and freedoms and letting the Govt. dictate your life…bad news.

  9. You want to save the world?

    Pull the troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq, put them in every equatorial country in the world and force the local despot/dictator/presidenté to replant the lost rain forests.

    Let the plants clean up the carbon dioxide problem. The plants fell behind in their work when the rain forests were decimated during the last 30 years.

    Climate change has come about through the decimation of the earth’s rain forests. This has had a very significant effect on the amount of carbon dioxide and, more importantly, water vapor there is in the atmosphere at any given location on the planet. The percentage of water vapor and, to a lesser extent, carbon dioxide there is in the atmosphere controls the world wide weather patterns.

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