All around us the price of so-called durable goods are in free-fall, in some industries at least. The prices of PCs have been trending towards greater affordability for a long time now; but it stands to reason that there will be even greater price cuts in the near future. At the risk of sounding like a wannabe talk show host: Will Macs follow? Or will we continue to put our hard-earned towards a commodity that appears to buck industry trends? Does anyone have any evidence of how Apple is being affected by the global downturn? If Apple can bubble wrap itself from the effects of an awful recession what hope do the proles have of its prices ever falling and having access to the range of its luxury-yet-highly-functional products? That's another point - do you see Apple items (be it an iPod, iPhone or a Mac) as a guilty pleasure that you will allow yourself at the expense of others while the chips are down (presuming of course that your chips are down or going down)?