The Computer Buzz
||October 16th, 2008|
Nome and Paul Van Middlesworth - owners - The Computer Factory
We're OK, Really
Whenever the economy takes a dump, our customers often add "and how's your business these days" to their usual greeting. The general awareness that many businesses are in some distress these days causes people to inquire about our business with the same kind of concern they would if one of us had a health problem. It's a neighborly thing to do.
We also get the same question from friends we meet everywhere. Chamber of Commerce mixers, our business networking group, the Lions club and folks we meet wherever we go in and around San Marcos. Our answer is that we wish everyone's business were doing as well as ours.
We're fortunate to be in a business that is fairly recession proof. Home and business users need their computers. Today a home or business computer is not a luxury or "nice to have." A PC is a necessity. If the family or business budget doesn't allow room for a new computer, repairing or upgrading the old PC is the least cost alternative. The word is out that we do it better than anyone around these parts.
As far as new computer sales are concerned, business has never been better. The "geniuses" at Microsoft are killing the retail PC business for Fry's, Best Buy, Dell, Compaq, HP and the other name brand PC’s and retailers by insisting that they sell only PCs with the Vista operating system. Small businesses and other savvy users who don't want Vista are forced to buy their new computers from independent PC builders who are still permitted to sell new PCs with XP operating systems. That's us.
Ths new PC boom is likely to continue for us well into next year because Microsoft announced last week they are extending the availability of XP operating system licenses for independent builders through July of 2009. That date coincides with Microsoft's earliest release date for the newest operating system, "Windows 7." It also extends the time that Dell Compaq and HP are permitted to sell XP "downgrades" directly to large corporate users. Retailers will still not be allowed to sell anything but Vista. Life is good.
Our business has no debt, plenty of inventory, cash in the bank, solvent suppliers and the best employees this side of the Golden Gates. Nome and I are blessed with good health and we love our business and our customers.
So when you ask us "how's your business these days" you don't need to worry about having to listen to some sob story from us. We appreciate your interest but you don't need to worry. If you really need someone to worry about just pity those pathetic clowns at Microsoft. They're the best thing that ever happened to us, and Apple.