Anyone thinking of getting a laptop should be very attentive to the news or hurry, at least in the US. Depending on how the events unfold, the prices of laptops could increase $ 120 or more, according to the CTA (the Association of Technology Consumers). In a joint letter, the major computer manufacturers have warned of their concerns about the latest tariffs proposed by the Trump administration.
Dell, HP, Intel and Microsoft have quoted the CTA to warn that “the prices of laptops and tablets in the US will increase by at least 19% if the proposed tariffs go into effect.” In addition, the price increase would affect exactly the return to school, and affect “directly to ordinary consumers, such families, students, schools and the government itself.” The companies come to alert of the danger that the prices are so high that the portable ones “are out of the reach of the most savers consumers”.
All this is because of the government of the USA you have proposed that laptops and tablets are among Chinese goods affected by tariffs. Dell, HP and Microsoft cover 52% of laptops and tablets sold in the country, according to IDC, and Intel provides a large number of processors and other hardware for these systems. Apart from the problem of prices, the companies point out that this situation could also end up “limiting their ability to innovate and lead the industry in the US”.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative will close the deadline to collect public comments tomorrow. Then a contest period will start, but if no agreement is reached with China, the tariffs will take effect after July 2.