As most of you probably don't know or care, I'm self-employed doing IT sales and repairs. Just repairs, now, as the refurb laptops I used to upgrade and resell from eBay and the like have become overpriced or unavailable due to the coronavirus lockdown and subsequent biblical increase in home working, homeschooling and general loafing about at home on top of that. This has also affected retail outlets, and the budget range of laptops in Argos/Currys/John Lewis has increased in price, spec for spec, by about £50-100. Supply has also become scarce. The cheapest models are frequently out of stock on a regional or national basis, often for weeks at a time. I no longer bother selling; repair work is enough for me. I never liked selling hardware much anyway. But I still get dozens of requests weekly for advice and recommendations on buying new laptops. I've written guides for my customers detailing what to buy and what to avoid, but they are still struggling to actually find what I recommend in stock anywhere, and when I go to look, so do I. This is just an appeal for wisdom or insight, if any of you know. Why is this shortage ongoing now that Chinese import trade is up and running again? How long is it likely to continue? And where on this good island does one still stand a chance of finding a budget laptop in stock?