JOHOR BARU: The price of certain models of laptops, desktops and its accessories have gone up as there is a big demand for such items.
Apart from a nationwide shortage for the IT products, especially those at a lower price range, the increase in shipping cost due to the global pandemic has also contributed to the price hike.
Sales executive of an IT outlet, Mohammad Tashriq Mohd Fadzil, 29, said prices of certain laptops and desktops have gone up as there is a shortage of the products in the market nationwide.
“Not all laptops and computers cost more. Only those with low stock are more expensive now. It has increased by 10%, ” he said, adding that higher shipping costs for these laptops had also caused prices to go up.
To compensate for the hike increase, they offer pen drives or mouse as free gifts to customers, said Mohammad Tashriq.
The price for second-hand or refurbished laptops or desktops had also increased as some consumers were looking for cheaper machines.
A manager of a store selling second-hand laptops and computers Lau Cheong Seng, 24, said
the demand for the items had increased significantly since last month.
“We were able to sell about 2,100 units of laptops and 1,000 desktops last month, a significant jump from an average of about 800 units a month previously.
“As a result, we have run out of stock for these items and had to reorder from China, Japan and Australia, ” he said.
He added that the current price of second-hand computers and laptops sold in the store was between RM600 and RM2,000, which is an increase of about 20% from the pre-pandemic period.
“Although the demand was already high since last year, we were able to maintain the price previously as we still had plenty of stock.
“However, as demand increased, we eventually ran out of stock and had to put in new orders, ” he said, adding that the increase in shipping costs made it difficult for them to maintain previous prices.
Meanwhile, the owner of a shop selling new and second-hand mobile devices, A. Tkhisenwararau, 27, said the demand for the gadgets started to go up since the middle of last year.
“It is more difficult for me to get stock for cheaper items as they are sold out quickly. I have to order these items from Singapore now and that would incur additional cost.
“The demand for mobile phones remain the same but there has been a steady increase in the demand for tablets, ” he said.