Re: Capital gains? No.
I agree with everything you just said in terms of PERSONAL assets. This article isn't comparing what YOU "make purchases based on whether they believe the use or satisfaction they'll get out of the product is worth the price"...it, however, is comparing what the capital is. This survey could care less about what the hell you or I buy for what reason.
I'm not trying to flame you, and I just couldn't make it clear enough at time, but I wasn't at the time comparing personal assets. After reading it again, I failed badly because it does sound a lot like I'm was doing that. I was talking about longevity of the product being sold without what you or I find the worth of personally. Let me put it another way: if you would find a computing device and a gold ring on the street worth the same amount, and could only pick up 1 of them, which one would you pick up? Remember, we don't have a personal attachment to either at this point.
This survey sheds partially to me a very dark truth about we as a whole, in non-impoverished parts of the world are putting more and more money into. I know though, if I don't like don't do it! But I can't resist the temptation! Guilty!
@a_been: I agree with on the if you are dead or dying what does it matter sentiment, however I'm not currently dead.
Hell, it's a B.S. article anyhow, thanks for the rhetoric though!