IDC Finds U.S. Consumers Spend More on Accessories Than on PC Itself
I’m not quite sure how to take this information but a recent survey by the International Data Corporation found that the biggest part of the PC computer market is accessories and upgrade parts. IDC claims that U.S. consumers on average spend $1.04 for every $1 they spend on their PC upgrading or enhancing it.
The survey highlights a growing trend in multiple-PC per user setups and indicates that users are OK buying an out of the box computer but will not hesitate to customize or add on. Big box retailers like Best Buy, who traditionally carry low component stock, use reports like this to help determine product mix. I’ve noticed in recent years that the number of neon-lit accessories for PCs is growing in the mainstream and the keyboard, mouse and headset aisles often take up as much space as the new PC and laptops. The beyond-the-box spending also includes security software, which is baffling since no one needs to spend money on security these days unless you like having Norton or McAfee killing your resources.
For all the claims that Pc gaming and hardware is dead, this survey seems to say that those of us who still buy PCs are not afraid to accessorize.