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Has the financial crisis crippled your tech spending?

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) CNET staff/forum admin / December 19, 2008 2:50 AM PST

Has the financial crisis crippled your tech spending?

Yes, I'm cutting back dramatically. (Give us some examples.)
Yes, I'm cutting back a little bit. (How so?)
No, but I'm beginning to feel the pinch. (Please explain.)
No, it's business as usual. (You are very fortunate. How do you do it?)
What financial crisis? (Seriously, or are you voting for this just to vote?)

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I'm living in denial and contributing to commerce
by msecour / December 19, 2008 9:07 AM PST

The hard truth is that the more we cut back on expenditures the worse the financial crisis will become. We're spending as usual because this is the best way to keep people employed. Just finished remodeling a bathroom and bought a Blu-ray player to celebrate.

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Cutting Back in Tough Times
by Suenell / December 19, 2008 9:45 AM PST

I've been needing a new monitor for over a year and just can't seem to get enough money saved to buy a new one. Thankfully I can afford internet and have a lifetime subscription to my favorite MMORPG (LotRO) so I can play even if funds are tight. The monitor I'm speaking of snaps into hues of red for quite a while then intermittently returns to normal for a short period. All in all, I'm just happy it works at all I guess. When it completely goes I'll have to put one on layaway to pay if off over a few months (at least won't be charged interest unlike putting it on credit card).

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Financial effects
by briceone / December 19, 2008 9:52 AM PST

Because of lost or postponed orders.
1) Meeting with my employees, because I do not want to remove anyone
it has been agree by all that a temporary slight reduction in our take home pay. My employees know how much we make and as the boss they also know how much I take which is the same as my imediate juniors. Yes! we share, that is what I do.
2) our family spending has been adjusted.
3)our 2nd car has been warehoused.
4)our pleasure out food dining has been stopped and grocery has had all been screened and reduced to essentials only.
5)Entertainment has been reduced by 1/3
6) My evening 3 beers NO MORE
7) Our daughters allowance has been voluntary reduced.
Cool My wifes weekly trip to the hairdresser NO MORE she does it herself
like she used to do when much younger.
9)Any new purchase re Clothes is the subject of a family disscussion.
10)A few other minor changes are also now in effect

best wishes for a super Xmas and hopefully a better 2009 to all of the Cnet personel and to all members of CNET
God Bless

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Might I make a segestion?
by aka_tripleB / December 19, 2008 4:44 PM PST
In reply to: Financial effects

Depending on how old your daughter is, you might want to take a portion of her allowance she is no longer getting and put it aside for college and extreme emergencies. Not a college fund, just a savings account or CD, but separate from any savings you may have already started. That way, if you really need extra money you can access it without going into college savings that you already have set up. And while the money is allocated for something, it's not like you're not saving. Then when she's in college, use whatever money you have saved to keep unsubsidized Stafford and other loans that immediately begin accruing interest as low as you can. But don't use the money to pay off subsidized Stafford loans until after graduation, because those are interest free until she's out of college. That's how my parents and I got me through college without any student loans lingering over my head. Well, for the most part. I didn't have an allowance nor did my parent have a separate collage fund that could be used for emergencies as well.

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Yep, I'm one of the four people that clicked the last one
by aka_tripleB / December 19, 2008 4:08 PM PST

I had issues with the credit bureaus before the financial crisis hit. And seriously, there needs to be a lot more government oversight there, and easier ways to deal with them when they screw up. And they should not have that much power over people's lives. And it wasn't even like I wasn't paying my bills; my parents helped a lot when it came to planning for the future. In fact, I have no debt and my student loans paid off well before I graduated. Of course, perspective employers could have done more as well. Instead of just saying that I wasn't hired, they could have told me that when they ran a background check on me that what came back wasn't enough to verify who I was. That would have gotten the ball rolling faster than having to find out on my own that all that was in my credit report was a name and social security number. So compared to what I went through two years ago, this "financial crisis" is a cakewalk. I have nowhere to go but up.

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Tech Spending Cutback
by mjudah / December 20, 2008 1:13 AM PST

I have cut back on tech spending due to the financial crisis. I am in the middle of a family room remodel. The room is wired and in wall and ceiling speakers are installed. The sub woofer has been purchased, but not installed yet. I have told our installer to hold up on the purchase and installation of the of the TV and A/V receiver. We will use a PS3 in lieu of a stand alone blue-ray player. The plus side of this wait has been the cost of the TV and receiver have been dropping down to more affordable levels.

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Yes, Seriously
by mjd420nova / December 20, 2008 2:16 PM PST

I have found that the service industry has reached a point where individuals and corporations really want to get their money's worth for the services they really need. Being part of a quality vendor for on-site services has caused an increase in requests for our services and this has meant an increase in the number of calls. No, the financial crisis has not had a negative impact for us and the corporations were provide for still need the service but want more for the same price or better quality for what they do buy. If anything, they are less likely to run out and buy new equipment when fixing the old stuff remains cheaper even though that gap has narrowed a bit, it is still more costly to buy new instead of fixing the old.

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Exchange rate sucks
by 12widgee / December 22, 2008 2:34 PM PST

Not a lot of morgage problems her in Australia, but our Dollar is fallen heaps without a good reason, apart from worldwide panic. So no more overseas orders till it comes back.

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No, it's business as usual
by FrankQC / January 19, 2009 8:27 AM PST

I wasn't affected by the financial crisis. What I do is budgeting and I make sure I don't go above the budget. Good financial advice is also very useful. My goal is never go get in debt... As soon as I spend something on my credit card I repay it just-in-case I get charged interest (better being safe than sorry). If I know I don't have enough money in my bank account to pay the credit card, I do not spend anything until I indeed have enough money.

Besides, when I shop for electronics I never impulse buy. I always research the electronic well before hand until I know mostly all of its components in it (i.e. my laptop...shopped around and learned about laptop technology for ~6-8 months before actually buying one... Same for TV, etc).

So my hint? Keep a very (VERY) strict budget and do the absolute BEST you can to not go above it. When you see a computer, don't buy it straight away. Always wait until it goes on sale (might sound cheap... but you can save hundreds of dollars).

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Not really except more careful in what we got
by Evayy / January 22, 2009 10:32 PM PST

This year or 2008 2 22 inch moniters 1 32 sharp tv and 1 pc
the various small purchases were several mp 3 players (lower end)
2 creatives a few re furb sansas 1 i pod shuffel. The mp3 player i use all the time is the small sansa ( just like the easy to use drag drop memo reminder and radio )

Good question i do beleive 2009 will be more asereting of what we will not be upgrading or buying this year

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