Re: Mature market - I don't need "New Shiny"
"how many have multiple working but unused computers mainly laptops going back years."
"Often there is a flavour of linux that will allow an old laptop to be useful again."
Well, yes but how many computers can a person use at once? I do have a closet with 3 old laptops. And I have 2 PC's there. And I have 4 Macs only one of which is in use typically, but one my GF uses and another is essentially an emergency backup (a MacMini from 2012) that is very rarely even turned on other than to make sure it still boots.
And closing in on 70 years old myself, many oldsters have abandoned PCs for tablets like iPads which do what they need - Email, look at pictures and surf the web. I have one here just sitting there doing nothing because I didn't want the person to simply throw the PC in the trash.
I even have a laptop with XP (gasp!) on it which is my "trow away" machine. I can VPN to home and do anything I need to from anywhere. If customs wants to take it for some reason or anyone steals it, they have an old laptop that is essentially useless to them.
I work on a late 2012 iMac and have no plans to upgrade unless this one dies. It will be quite a while before I buy a new computer, smart phone or other device. Even software. I pretty much have everything I need. Other than my yearly Turbo Tax buy, I don't foresee a software buy for quite a while. Same with smart phone apps.
Mature market in respect to many devices and software as well.