Last week, a selection of products such as had has been exempted from customs duties – thanks to the ongoing trade war between the United States and China – it lost its status, and in 2021 it will be more expensive. Among these products are graphics cards and motherboards.
As the New York Times reported last week, “Mr. Trump began imposing tariffs on more than $ 360 billion in Chinese goods in 2018, prompting thousands of companies to ask the administration for temporary exemptions that excluded them from taxes. ”
These deviations have now been made, and PC hardware companies are among those that have already increased prices to meet the tariffs. While this will affect most companies in this part of the industry, ASUS is the only one to come out so far and issue a statement explaining the rides, since so many components and products come from China. saying:
Update regarding ASRP prices for ASUS components in 2021. This update applies to graphics cards and motherboards * We have an announcement of price changes in MSRP that will take effect in early 2021 for our award-winning series of graphics cards and motherboards. Our new MSRP reflects increased component costs. operating costs and logistics activities plus a continuation of import tariffs. We worked closely with our supply and logistics partners to minimize price increases. ASUS greatly appreciates your continued business and support as we navigate through this time of unprecedented market change. * more models may see an increase as we move further into Q1.
So what kind of price increases are we looking at? People who pay much more attention to these things than I do have already found examples of cards are becoming more expensive, like the ASUS RTX 3090 which goes from $ 1799 to $ 1979. The size of the tariffs themselves is “Either an extra 7.5 percent or 25 percent tariff, depending on the product”, but as you can see from the RTX 3090 price, the companies do not transfer the entire cost to consumers, they will look at cutting corners / absorbing parts of the hit themselves .
PC hardware costs have already gone down thanks to bitcoin miners, lack of supplies and scalps. Having something else to do makes things even more expensive sucks!