Price fixing in the PC hardware industry.
For three decades all computer prices fell. Then when Wall Street and China start to get involved, something happens. When computer prices mysteriously go up, you need to start to wonder. If you think you smell something funny, you are right. The whole industry now, in every aspect, is wrought with price-fixing and collusion.
Small History of price-fixing:
Now they’ve been hit with a lawsuit, prices will start to fall, mark my words!
They’ve AGREED to just price fix. Openly.
2017 – Changes have occurred in the relationship among the top three suppliers – Micron, SK Hynix and Samsung. Based on the oligopolistic market situation, the trio have opted for co-existence as the best way to maximize profitability. They are turning away from aggressive competition…”
2002 – DRAM price-fixing
2015 – DDR3 – Right 2015. Ram has tripled since 2013
2016 – DDR4 – Again prices are rising, Faux shortages
No price fixing here, do you know why? There are many players.
Give them time.
2011- Right now!
You can read my more extensive HDD pricing article here: In-depth: Seagate & Western Digital’s Harddrive Price Fixing – The real numbers behind the Fake Hard Drive Shortage.
Sweet Spot (ish) Hard Drive Prices per TB since 1995 – 2021