The following comments were posted on www.tirebusiness.com in response to the online poll question at left:
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``We have so much information stored on these that it would be difficult, but not impossible, to get by if they went down. We just would have to go back to the basics as far as handwriting tickets and using price books.''
Willy Allen, sales manager
Becker Tire & Treading Inc., Great Bend, Kan.
``Polling readers-who are using a computer to view the poll question-on their use of computers is a fundamentally flawed method of gaining valid information. It's like asking a guy eating a hamburger if he is a vegetarian.''
John Hamminga, Owner
JH & Associates, Chicago
Editor's Note: Mr. Hamminga is correct; in fact, none of the online polls is ``statistically significant'' or representative of tire dealers as a whole since they count only people who happen to be on our Web site. Interestingly enough, though, the answer ``Paper and pencil is all I'll ever need'' slightly edged out ``I don't know what I'd do without them,'' at 46.9 percent and 46.6 percent, respectively. So at least 150 people out there use computers in some ways, just not in their business. Whether that's because of costs, training needs or just personal preference is anyone's guess-or another poll question.
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