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iPad Indeed Hurting Netbook Sales

Supporting preliminary findings, the iPad's popularity is indeed curtailing netbook sales, according to a new survey commissioned by consumer electronics review site Retrevo. Indeed, nearly one in three buyers who had been considering a netbook waited for, and then bought, an Apple iPad tablet instead, finds the survey of more than a thousand US consumers spread across gender, age, income and location demographics. "Buyers, the analysts said, mostly bought netbooks because of price sensitivity during an economic downturn," notes VentureBeat.

Now, "the iPad, they say, has provoked Americans' gadget lust enough that they'll pay extra for one." Still, 40% of respondents said that while the iPad gave them pause, they eventually settled for a netbook. Surprisingly, however, only 20% of respondents cited netbook's affordability as their most attractive feature.

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