Robust demand for used PCs: Gartner

By agencies   |   Thursday, 29 September 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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MUMBAI: Demand for used personal computers in emerging regions is robust and is exceeding supply in some markets, according to Gartner Inc. For every two new PCs shipped to mature markets in 2005, one secondary market PC will be resold.

Gartner defines a secondary-market PC as a personal computer that has been used for more than three months by its initial user and then made available to another user for secondary use.

Such PCs mainly come from supplier nations, such as the US, Japan and Western Europe, into demand regions such as Eastern Europe, West Asia and Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific.

According to a Gartner press release, currently, one out of every 12 PCs in use worldwide are secondary PCs.

In 2004, 152.5 million secondary PCs were shipped. Gartner analysts estimate 36 per cent of secondary PCs or 55 million PCs, were dedicated to re-use.

"The demand for secondary PCs continues to exceed supply, providing opportunistic but potentially lucrative opportunities for specialized intermediaries and resellers or vendors looking to resell used PCs," said an analyst for Gartner's client platforms research group.

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