I think the market conditions are pretty difficult at the moment, too.
Understandably, perhaps, but then again I would have thought if
anything the lower end of the market would be attracting more
customers trying to get a cheap PC. Or maybe people just aren't buying
PCs at all right now. I know eBay is no great source of information on
this, but if you look at the completed listings in the desktop
section, you'll see dozens of PCs every day going unsold.
I might also pay for a media centre, for similar plug n play reasons:
building this stuff is lots of fun, but also time consuming. Apple's
attraction is the ease of use, but the price (sometimes) and the lock-in
(iTunes, Mail.app, both limited and hacker-unfriendly) can be a deal