In a bit of an unusual move, Seasonic is announcing in advance that they intend to increase the prices of most of their power supplies in the United States. Citing "recent market developments" - i.e. the tariffs imposed by the U.S. government on select components manufactured in China - the company will be increasing the recommended prices of its products to cover the higher costs. The new MSRPs will become effective on December 1st, 2018,

Once the new prices go into effect, all Seasonic products made in China and sold in the U.S. will become $5 to $20 more expensive, depending on the product and its original price. It's worth noting that Seasonic is listing their manufacturer suggested retail prices here, and these are not the prices that retailers are actually paying for the hardware. So actual retail prices will depend both on what the real cost is to retailers, and what kind of margins they're aiming for.

Meanwhile, all orders placed prior to December 1st will be priced at current levels. So there is plenty of time before the price increases take effect (though, this will depend on particular retailers).

One other thing to keep in mind about Seasonic is that it also produces PSUs for numerous brands, including Corsair, NZXT, XFX, and a number of others. So don't be surprised if the company's downstream customers follow suit, as they're going to be impacted by the same tariff increases. It remains to be seen how significant those increases might be, but it is something that's seemingly inevitable given the current situation on the market.

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  • imaheadcase - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - link

    Oh good, price increases because of some airhead in office.
  • scumofscotland - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - link

    Oh good, a poster who is driven only by short term gain... sort of like the policies that have lead us to being economically hollowed out. I don't know if tariffs will ultimately achieve the desired goal but we as a society need to be willing to accept that we need to make changes and those may have consequences. I for one want to try change and if it fails then try something else because I know our current path is a dead end.
  • justskot - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - link

    Great point! Fortunately, there are numerous studies about the effect of tarrifs, most of which state that tarrifs are ultimately detrimental to the economy.

    I encourage you to read up on them!
  • mr. president - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - link

    As much as I hate to delve into politics, tariffs are neither all good nor all bad. My own country has its fair share of them and they do help protect the industries (farming, mainly) that benefit from them.

    I don't have any strong opinions on Trump but I don't think tariffs are the worst thing he's done. I think it's a surprisingly socialist policy for the Republican party to adopt and quite strange how many 'socialist' Democrats oppose it. I would have thought it were the other way around.
  • The True Morbus - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - link

    As long as taxes are cut for the rich and only for the rich, there is no argument about "hollowing out the economy" that will hold.
  • CaedenV - Thursday, November 8, 2018 - link

    The common misunderstanding of american politics is that we have a 'right wing' and a 'left wing' when really we have 2 parties that seemingly threw darts at a list of issues and have somehow decided that they will die on their sword to defend those arbitrary issues, and do anything they can to stop the other side from obtaining any amount of success on their issues.
    Both parties use conservative and liberal moves to get their way because what matters is the money that flows in from supporters, not working for the best interest of the country or its people. Makes me sick.
  • Alistair - Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - link

    Except that he is using tariffs in response to chinese trade barriers, not just for the sake of tariffs alone. It's more about increasing your negotiating position. Barriers were/are being dropped against Canada and EU and Mexico already after negotiation.
  • TheinsanegamerN - Thursday, November 8, 2018 - link cant talk against the narrative of orangemanbad, you'll upset the NPCs.
  • Oxford Guy - Thursday, November 8, 2018 - link

    Just because Trump may be doing one thing that is somewhat rational doesn't negate the rest of what he is doing.

    Plus, a "trade war" with China is rather a farce since China is the one buying our debt. They're apparently supplying us with the credit card that our wealthy are living on.

    The US is the world's most indebted nation. Japan is, again, the leading creditor, followed by Germany and China. If you don't think that's an extremely deplorable situation for what is supposed to be the world's superpower...

    Trump is a terrible person and a laughingstock. The corruption of the Clintons, Obama, Nixon, Reagan, W, and others won't change that. As far as his historical ranking, my view is that he is the worst president we've had since Wilson and the most idiotic in temperament we have ever had.

    Trade imbalances certainly should be corrected but living off of the Chinese credit card while trying to be tough on their unfair trade policy isn't particularly effective.
  • vext - Monday, November 12, 2018 - link

    Wrong, and you are expressing typical Leftist Progressive fake views.

    A trade war with China is not a farce. China has indulged in extremely unfair trading practices for years. Uncontrolled competition from Korea and China have decimate American industry. Trump is absolutely correct to confront them.

    China is NOT the one buying all our debt.
    - "The U.S. debt to China is $1.17 trillion as of August 2018. That's 19 percent of the $6.3 trillion in Treasury bills, notes, and bonds held by foreign countries. The rest of the $21 trillion national debt is owned by either the American people or by the U.S. government itself. "

    The US is NOT the world's most indebted nation. You need to look at the per capita debt, not the total debt.

    Trump is not a terrible person or a laughing stock. Trump won white women by 9-points (52 percent to 43 percent). He won white men by 32 percent (63 percent vs 31 percent).

    You obviously hate the White race. LOL, good luck with that. Your racist hatred explains why you characterize Trump as a terrible person. But you need to understand that within the white community, Trump is highly respected and even loved. Trump has never expressed any racial preferences, and is not a white supremacist or even a white advocate. But the White community sees him as good because he promotes a MERIT based system instead of the present affirmative action system which strongly discriminates against whites, especially white men.

    FDR was the worst US president of the 20th century, far worse than Wilson. Wilson didn't start WW1, he only brought the US into it. FDR, more than anyone, was responsible for creating the conditions for WW2. Neither Hitler nor the Japan wanted anything to do with a war with the four world super powers: US, Great Britain, France, and the USSR. Yet, thanks to the machinations of FDR, Churchill, and a cabal of transnational elites, these two small nations were dragged kicking and screaming into a conflict that shook the entire world.

    One of the most disturbing photos of all time is that of FDR, Churchill and Stalin at the Yalta conference. They knew Soviet leaders had killed over 20 million ethnic Russians before WW2 even started, and were directly responsible for exporting Communism all over the world, especially to China where another 40 million died. Yet FDR had the unmitigated perversity to call Stalin 'Papa Joe'. FDR and Churchill both supported the Soviet annexation of most of Eastern Europe, raising no objections as millions up on millions were sucked into the Communist nightmare.

    Use your brain next time instead of reading Liberal tripe.

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