US President Donald Trump announced it would be enacting 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion worth of goods that China ships to the United States. The full list of products covered by the tariffs is over a thousand items long, and while it doesn’t include smartphones, laptops, tablets, or TVs, it does cover some of the components used in those devices.

In other words, you may start to see the prices of some gadget go up when the new tariffs go into effect on July 6th.

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Some of the products included int he tariffs include things like touch screens, LCD displays, batteries, some types of printed circuits, TV tuners, and other components used to make gadgets.

It’s difficult to say just how much of a price hike you’re likely to see. Device makers could decide to absorb the increased cost of components, but that would eat into their profit margins. It’s more likely that they’ll pass along some of the price increases to consumers.

But they could also look for different suppliers. While Chinese factories produce a lot of the components in today’s electronics, there are also suppliers in South Korea, Japan, and other countries.

Some companies may be less lucky: The Wall Street Journal reports that some US-based chip makers are complaining that they could end up paying tariffs on their own products if they outsource manufacturing to Chinese contractors.

It’s also possible that China could make changes to the way it does business in order to appease the Trump administration and have the tariffs lifted. That’s probably not going to happen by July 6th though.

For now, it seems like the country is taking a different approach: imposing its own 25 percent tariffs on more than 545 US items including automobiles and agricultural products. Those tariffs are set to take effect the same day the US tariffs on Chinese goods are triggered.

via Politico and The Verge



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8 replies on “US tariffs on Chinese goods could drive up laptop, phone, tablet, and TV prices”

  1. here comes the scare-tactics when their is no proof of anything,,,#FAKENEWS

    1. Bad spelling, bad grammar, no punctuation, nonsensical assertions.

      Either a Trump supporter or a very good imitation of one.

  2. What are the chances of manufacturers using an intermediary shipping country to weasel out of this tariff? I mean they already ship their IP to other countries to minimize their taxes and the will likely get treated the same way.

    1. There are laws against this, and breaking them is why Mexico became such an aluminum exporter.

  3. I’m sure companies will find loop holes to get around it. They’re good at doing that.

  4. This looks like 12.5 billion in new revenue for the federal government, with the end customer paying the bill. Some people could look at this as an indirect tax.
    Tariffs work best when they are in place for many years, to allow local companies to ramp up.

  5. Hopefully American companies will fill in the gap / fill the need for more affordable products – ones that are normally imported from China. There is an unfair trade with China. It would be great to see things made in the USA again. Other countries have import tariffs to protect their companies.

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