August 17, 2010
I just read an article from arstechnica.com that suggested a rise in PC components that will force a rise in desktop and laptop prices. Components and indeed, complete PCs and laptops/netbooks etc, have all been dropping dramatically in price the past 6 years, but due to the recent recession, the manufacturers of all the various parts downsized their operations and thusly, reduced the output of components for the industry.
As we are coming out of the recession and there is more demand for new IT equipment, the manufacturers cannot supply to the demand and therefore, prices rise.
Ultimately, things will settle down again of course as new plants and factories are brought online, but until then you can expect price increases with RAM and Hard Drives apparently being some of those most affected to the tune of 20 to 30%.
Keeping your PC or laptop maintained in the meantime will of course help avoid having to replace your hardware in the near future.