Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems For years and years now (since the first G4 iBooks), whenever someone asked me for advice about what laptop to buy, my standard answer was simple: get an Apple laptop. Doesn't matter which one. Apple was so far ahead of the competition it just wasn't funny anymore. This past weekend, though, marked the end of an era for me: for the first time, I advised someone to get an Asus ZenBook instead.
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But that applies to the other point as well. Both claims are at best skewed by personal experience and at worst wrong.

To make this clear, being able to find something on ebay doesn't mean that most people are selling that item. It simply means that some people are.

At the moment there are 18000 used laptops up for sale on ebay. There's probably double that on craigslist and about as many on Amazon. All told there might be in the neighborhood of 100,000 used laptops on sale.

In Q4 of 2011 120.2 million laptops were shipped. If we assume that by the end of the week all 100,000 used laptops are bought and another 100,000 are put of for sale (and this repeats itself) there will be roughly 1.3 million used laptops on the market this quarter. Which is approximately 10x less then the number of new laptops sold Q4 2011.

Given that estimate, I think it's fair to conclude that only about 1/10th of all consumer laptops are resold, thus it makes far more sense to claim that most people do not care about resale value than to claim most people do.

Edited 2012-03-28 00:43 UTC

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