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PC hardware prices could hike by 25% from US/China trade war

The current US/China trade war could have an unexpected effect: PC hardware could increase by 25% on August 23

By: Anthony Garreffa from Aug 8, 2018 @ 23:21 CDT

If you've been near the internet or TV you'll know that President Trump is in a huge trade war with multiple countries, one of which includes China - with the announcement of $16 billion worth of imports from China that will be slapped with a 25% tariff... driving up prices of consumer goods, and much more.


The products that will be hit with tariffs include motorcycles, speedometers and antennas, and more - something that comes into effect on August 23. Last month, the Trump administration stamped a 25% tariff on Chinese imports that were worth $34 billion, with China claiming the US was trade bullying, and have now placed their own tariffs on the table that might just effect PC gamers, too.

A new listing says that a bunch of electronic circuitry will have tariffs imposed by China, with electronic integrated circuits for processors/controllers, memories, amplifiers, and more. The new 25% tariff goes into effect on August 23, so if you're in the US and buying PC hardware you will notice prices begin to hike in the coming months. Other markets though, are going to open opportunity for some cross-imported goods that will get around the US/China trade wars.

As Guru3D says in their article: "Intel or NVIDIA for example fabs their PCBs in China, and then often ships them to the US HUB, once the fully assembled product reaches the EMEA region, that would invoke a 25% increase in cost. However, I foresee many bypasses, e.g. electronics being shipped to say Taiwan, rebadged and shipped to the USA as a TW product, simply to bypass the tariff".

Here we go...


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