Ham Radio Prices Increased?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W1DLY, Apr 4, 2021.

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  1. W1DLY

    W1DLY Ham Member QRZ Page

    If I remember correctly, a few months ago I saw the Kenwood TM-D710GA costing around $550 online. Now it's ~$650-$720. Anyone have information on what caused a price increase and if these appear to be temporary or permanent?
  2. WB2WIK

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    I wouldn't be surprised if it's permanent.

    Supply chain issues are global and electronics manufacturing in general has increased in cost.

    The exceptions seem to be where demand has fallen off while inventories remain reasonably high, so irrespective of real cost, "the market" has driven prices down. An example I can see now is laptop computers, which during the pandemic peak of 2020 had crazy high prices...which are now considerably lower, for exactly the same products.

    I think the "stay at home!" referendum created a big market peak and millions were buying new laptops. That's eased a bit now, people aren't buying as many, and prices have come back down to 2019 levels.

    But ham gear is such a tiny market by comparison that I would draw no conclusion about relating our stuff to laptop computers.:p
  3. WR3V

    WR3V Ham Member QRZ Page

    Supply and demand. Just look at the FTDX3000 at $2099. Good grief.
  4. W5IEI

    W5IEI Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    Maybe printing unlimited supplies of money ,and handing it out to everyone causes inflation ?
    WOW !!
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  5. KP4SX

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    I'm seeing a lot of prices going up recently. Not just ham gear.
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  6. WZ7U

    WZ7U Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes, everything is going up. Simple economics explains this, just as prior posters have said.

    But to imply this is a new thing since January '21 is intellectually dishonest and those expositors should know this.
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  7. W4KYR

    W4KYR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Higher prices are one thing, try finding the item

    Both MFJ and Radioddity was sold out of the Xiegu X 5105.
    The KX2 have a 3 to 4 week wait.
    The KX3 has a 2 to 3 week wait
    The Icom 718 is Sold out at RandL and HRO
    Icom 7300 is Sold Out at HRO
  8. KS2G

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  9. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    If you think Ham Radio prices have increased, you should take a look a major household appliances....
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  10. W5IEI

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