back to article Who are shortages good for? The channel! World's biggest distributor forecasts tech price hikes from January

Technology price rises are about as welcome Windows 11's needy hardware specs but one part of the industry is quietly happy about the inflationary conditions caused by industry-wide component shortages – the channel. A raft of finished goods are costing more to produce in 2020 and this is being passed onto the end users, …

  1. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Wexit

    The world shouldn't have left the EU, the fools.

  2. MutantAlgorithm

    No margin increase matters if no sales!

    "With supply shortages, you change the conversation with your customer."

    All well and good but when the customers budget has also been squeezed then you just end up with them not being able to buy anything, an increased margin on no sale is still zero!

    1. SusiW
      Coat

      Re: No margin increase matters if no sales!

      That's exactly where I am at now. Unable to afford anything decent. (Kitteh requires mucho-scrummy num-nums!)

      Wanted to buy a top-end Ryzen proc and other 'goodies' last year, but those were scarcer than hens' teeth. This year, the best stuff is still hard to source at a non-silly price.

      Along comes Windows10.5 with its silly minimum hardware requirements, thus making even more components hard to find as they are being bought up en masse to run "Windows 8 Vista2/ME™️."

      Up goes the prices, again.

      It now looks like my 8yr-old (then bleeding-edge) AMD proc is going to be kept grunting along at least for the next three years. (Especially as each patch seems to make Win11 run slower on AMD than the last!)

      What with personal financial difficulties created largely by the fallout from Covid and Brexit, I've already warned hubby that my next CAD Beast is likely to cost him his left nut!

      Icon: Forlornly searching hubby's jackets for spare cash.

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