| ||Ask HN: What happened to the law of supply and demand?|
6 points by drewg123 12 days ago | hide | past | favorite | 9 comments |
|It seems common these days that manufacturers have very limited supply, yet are pricing products as if there was no supply issue. Some examples:|
o Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles are have very limited availability from retailers at their MSRP of $500, and are instead being scalped on eBay for upwards of $850 to $1300.
o Thinkpad AMD Ryzen 4xxx T series laptops have ship dates of more than 5 weeks, yet have massive black friday discounts.
o Apple M1 laptops with 16GB of RAM have ship dates a month out, and are not being sold at a substantial premium.
Why are manufacturers not taking profits when demand is so clearly outstripping supply? In the Xbox/PS5 case, its clear that scalpers are taking profits. If the natural price of a PS5 is $800, isn't it better to just let me pay that via normal retail channels, and not have to deal with a potential scammer on Ebay?
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