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Average Laptop Contents Worth A Million Bucks?

from the somebody-call-ebay dept

An anti-virus and security firm’s new study says the contents of the average business laptop is worth nearly a million dollars. Disregarding the firm’s obvious bias for a moment, the figure is pretty unbelievable. A childhood spent trading baseball cards taught me that something’s worth what somebody will pay you for it, not what a magazine says it’s worth — or in this case, a security company that wants to sell you something. If the stuff inside people’s laptops is really that valuable, why aren’t they “lost” more often?

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Rikko says:

Re: First Expected Moment

That’s not the point at all. Carlo is discussing realistic value, not perceived value.

I spent the last couple of weeks in the garage building a cabinet stand. To me, my time and labour are worth a million dollars. Thus I perceieve the stand is worth a million bucks. Doubt I could get more than a couple hundred for it.

swirve says:

Re: First Expected Moment

I think it is potentially not too far off. If you think about it, value is not really how much someone is willing to pay for it, but what it costs you to replace it. You’ve also got to consider that the vast majority of businesses only provide laptops to people who have a business need for them – mainly salesmen and more senior management who travel often. If a salesman goes on a trip, makes a couple of sales, and has all the details of the agreement, etc on his laptop, then loses – it potentially will require him to do the same trip again, potentially lose customers for incompetence, and waste a lot of expensive people’s time by working out the details again. Same goes for sales forecasts, business decisions, and anything else. Generally, in large organizations, the people with laptops are also the most technically illiterate and would backup their data least often. I don’t think it’s an outrageous figure.

Colby (profile) says:

Re: First Expected Moment

Of course some of these posts would make more sense if everyone knew what value was. In the context of this article value is ?a numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed.? And so the real question is not the specific value by itself, but a specific value derived by a specific means. Value can be considered what someone is willing to pay for it? This is called a sales-comparison approach to value. Value can be considered by it?s cost to replace? This is called a cost-approach to value. My favorite value approach is the income approach to value used in real estate. This is where the thing being valued is not considered, only the income from the thing being valued (and expenses). Value can be considered by any other number of factors for different purposes, but none make sense without a context. In the instance of this article, value is solely given based on the feelings, thoughts, and motives of the people who have laptops. This is because there is no standard for laptop valuation. One person?s word is as good as the next. Imagine what value we would get for the content of one laptop, if everyone in the world gave it value based on their on criteria and we averaged it out. So we find the number they produced doesn?t mean anything practically.

Justice Erolin (user link) says:

Perceived Value vs Realistic Value

The article talks about how the USERS see the value of their laptop, not how they see the value of another laptop.

It’s almost like asking someone how much value do they put on a pet, or heck, even a kid. They may value their child over a billion dollars, but that doesn’t mean anyone’s going to pay for it. (Minus the sick and perverted)

Pogee (user link) says:

What is value?

If the stuff inside people’s laptops is really that valuable, why aren’t they “lost” more often?

Perhaps it’s that the stuff is actually really valuable to the person to whom it belongs. It’s not replaceable like a diamond bracelett or a Corvette.

The only things in life which are genuinely valuable are those whe cannot easily replace, and those things we have actually created ourselves, preferably from scratch.

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