Friday Poll: PC sales are down, whose fault is it?

Some say it's tablets, some say the economy, but for some reason, PC sales are down in the first quarter of 2011 by more than 3 percent--so help us play the blame game.

PC shipments aren't what they were , with companies like HP, Dell, and Acer reporting disappointing year-over-year sales for the first quarter of 2011, surprising some, like research firm Gartner.

At the same time, tablet sales are exploding , so it seems easy to blame the fall of PC sales on things like iPads.

But it could also be the economy. It's no secret that right now there just isn't as much money going around as some would like, which can affect the sales of PCs indirectly; when consumers buy less Coke, for example, Coke may put off spending money, which can mean putting off computer upgrades for workers.

We're not saying that's what's caused the falloff in sales, but we're not saying it's the iPad 2 or other tablets (though likely not the Xoom ) either. In fact, we're not saying anything, instead we're just giving options. This is the Friday Poll, after all.

So now we must ask: Why do you think PC sales have dipped this last quarter? The iPad 2? Other tablets? The economy in general? Or are we finally at the point when most people now see secondhand computers as a cheaper, good-enough option?

Weigh in by voting in the poll on the left, and if we've missed something, you'll let us know in the comments, won't you?

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    With more than 15 years experience testing hardware (and being obsessed with it), Crave freelance writer Matt Hickey can tell the good gadgets from the great. He also has a keen eye for future technology trends. Matt has blogged for publications including TechCrunch, CrunchGear, and most recently, Gizmodo. Matt is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CBS Interactive. E-mail Matt.


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