ERIC Number: ED257941
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May-15
The Hidden Costs of Owning a Microcomputer.
McDole, Thomas L.
Before purchasing computer hardware, individuals must consider the costs associated with the setup and operation of a microcomputer system. Included among the initial costs of purchasing a computer are the costs of the computer, one or more disk drives, a monitor, and a printer as well as the costs of such optional peripheral devices as a plotter and modem. Hidden costs involved in setting up a computer system include the cost of furniture (a computer desk and printer stand); electrical equipment and circuitry (static electricity, a surge protector, multiple outlets, and a dedicated circuit); and special telephone equipment (special cords, connectors, and lines); and software. Other items that are either desirable or necessary to maintaining a computer system include protective covers, documentation, blank disks, disk storage devices, a head cleaner, paper, printer ribbon, plotter ink and cleaner, and service contract. Depending on which optional items a consumer elects to purchase, these setup and maintenance costs can add from tens to hundreds of dollars to the initial cost of purchasing a microcomputer. (MN)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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