Ban Proposed on Sale of Used Computers

The ministry of information technology has been asked to draft a proposal for a ban on the import of used computers and IT accessories, on directions of President Asif Ali Zardari.

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

While those opposing the ban on sale of used/old computer opine:

  • 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

Clearly computer manufacturers, Intel being the leader, are grouping up to run this on-media and off-media campaign for ban on sale of old/used computers to capture their share – instead of investing into country for setting up a manufacturing plant in the country, like they have in India.

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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Pakistan Computer Association (PCA) has rejected the proposal for a ban on the import of used computers and IT accessories, said a statment.

Munawar Iqbal, the president of PCA said that the move will benefit multinational companies dealing in new computers and increase their profits, take computers out of the range of poor students and affect livelihood of thousands of vendors dealing in used computers.

The ban would deprive poor students of their right to modern education and the country would lose millions of dollars in foreign exchange if the proposal was approved, he said.