Earlier, LCCI had requested the president to ban the sale of used/old computers.
If ban imposed, no vendor/seller will be able to sell used/computers in the market, eventually causing computer prices go high by 4 times at least.
Computer manufacturers are terming used computers:
- high energy consumption devices
- dumping ground of electronic wastage for developed countries, causing environmental and social damage
- A hit on economy
- High PC penetration due to availability of used/old computers in market
- Low priced computers
- Cost saving through in-expensive (internet) communication
- Increased awareness
- Boost in economy for multiple domains, such as, ISPs, vendors, FMCGs, advertising, media etc
If a computer manufacturing plant is deployed in the country, it will not only serve local economy but will also bring down the prices for new computers.
Before any conclusion on this and imposing ban, Government must realize all aspects and that a common man may not afford to buy a reasonable new computer costing well over 20,000.
As per estimates, there are total of 14,00,000 computers in Pakistan, out of which 60 percent are used/old computers, 24 percent internationally assembled new computers while 16 percent locally assembled new computers.
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