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Which gadgets could you do without in a downturn?

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Would you give up your laptop, your iPod or even your mobile to help pay the bills?

Some devices that seemed like luxuries just a few years ago are now seen by many people as necessities.

With money scarce, jobs threatened and bills rising, it would be interesting to see if the trend for households to acquire more and more hi-tech goods starts to decline.

Common sense suggests that top-end electronic goods wouldn’t be high on most people’s shopping lists in the current climate.

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