How did PCs and software fare in comparison to other consumer electronics products on the day after Thanksgiving? The answer may depend on where those products are sold - online or up front - according to NPD's chief analyst.
• New gadgets seem to be outshining PCs, software and traditional electronics products.
• Laptops are popular.
• Consumers who are buying PCs at retail stores don't really care about the operating systems they are getting - Vista, Mac OS, or Linux.
• Linux-based PCs are flying off shelves in stores because they are cheap.
• Individuals who are technically savvy buy their PCs and Macs online rather than in stores.