I recently read this post on the StackOverflow blog regarding shopping questions, and the problems they present in the SE format.
What's the point of a bunch of labor intensive questions that provide only temporary benefit to a limited (some might say Too Localized) audience? There isn't any.
With it in mind I voted to close this question, which asks for the cheapest computer within certain bounds. To me it seems practically unanswerable if taken literally as a demand for the 'cheapest', and a survey/opinion question if taken more loosely, but my vote drew a harsh response from a member far more reputable than myself.
What is this forum's opinion on shopping questions like this? Are they disallowed, welcome or discouraged?
Edit: given that it appears to be thriving with informative (if not exactly correct) answers, some sort of edit to the question might be wise, but I'm even more uncertain about attempting that.