Ham Radio Prices Increased?

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

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  1. M0TTQ

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    C0ntainer freight rates from the Far East to UK are running up to x10 pre-Covid, the global supply chain is a mess and it will take time to unravel. We are seeing the same sort of price inflation on radios here, and it is most pronounced on used radios as a knock-on from scarcity in the new market. I suppose the existence of another 3,000 hams over the last year (a non-negligible number in relation to the number of actually active hams in the UK) is a factor too. But nobody is giving us any money - apart from the freeze on beer taxes, they are taking more off us at the moment!
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  2. W1DLY

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    Good thing I didn't ask why fuel prices are up.

    How about letting this thread die now...
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  3. WA4SIX

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    Well,thee stopped building them in 1999 & just still had them on the shelves.... HI HI

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  4. KS2G

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    I assume that you don't.
    Cite your source(s) that it's otherwise.
  5. KS2G

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    Your corner store is just one data point.
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  6. KP4SX

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    We could make a long list of 'just one' data points!
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  7. WQ4G

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    Of course tariffs have nothing to do with this...

  8. KP4SX

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    I don't think tariffs are affecting a can of beans made locally!
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  9. KI4MYD

    KI4MYD Ham Member QRZ Page

    The used market is crazy right now. I watched it like a hawk February & March. Many radios selling for ~$50 less than you can buy brand new. Older model radios selling for just a few bucks less than you can buy the modern equivalent for. Truly good deals are snatched up in minutes. It's definitely a seller's market!
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  10. WB2WIK

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    ^I agree with this, entirely.

    I'm in the electronics manufacturing business and our real cost of almost everything has increased, but there's both cost increase and poor availability of many "what used to be" commonly available components from Asia. And there's no way to manufacture anything electronic without using components from Asia.:p

    Common small subassemblies we use by the hundreds are little things like HDMI-to-VGA adapters. Used to be about $9 and very readily available, now $20 and waiting several weeks to get them. Almost anyone manufacturing anything with an integrated touchscreen uses these, the market must be "millions per week," but with >2x the cost and long delivery delays, such a tiny part can cause large price increases and slipping shipments. Just one tiny example, but there are lots of similar ones.
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