Monday, September 23rd 2019

A Reprieve: Select PC Hardware Exempt of Tariffs on Chinese Imports to the US

The US Trade Representative on Friday granted a reprieve to the increased tariffs being levied at China-imported electronic goods. The exemption, valid for one year until 20th August 2020, includes some products that will be welcome to PC hardware enthusiasts, including motherboards, graphics cards, desktop cases, "mouse input devices" valued over $70, "trackpad input units" valued at over $100, and power supply units that output more than 500 W.

The exempts have come as fruits of requests from US stakeholders in the hardware space; should imports be available only from China (meaning there are no alternate sources of said materials) or if the tariff could cause "severe economic harm", a temporary reprieve on the levies could be sought. And so the exempts were requested, and now granted. Prices paid before the announcement of the reprieve that included the added tax penalties are final; the exemption is only valid for orders after September 20th. This means the 25% increased rates (itself an increase on the initial 10%) on the tax basis are now frozen when it comes to the aforementioned hardware. This means companies no longer have to scramble to source their manufacturing to countries other than China, and that prices increased for end consumers on the basis of the tax increase are now meritless.
Sources: Office of the Federal Register, PC MAG, TechRadar
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14 Comments on A Reprieve: Select PC Hardware Exempt of Tariffs on Chinese Imports to the US

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jonnyGURU
Read the document: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2019-20442.pdf

"Power supplies suitable for physical incorporation into automatic data processing (ADP) machines or units thereof of heading 8471, each with a power output exceeding 500 W, measuring 148mm in length, 43 mm in width and 335 mm in height."

That's not an ATX power supply. Sounds more like a 2U or some other server PSU.
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erocker
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GPU/Mobo manufacturers will certainly see more profits! Unlikely they'll pass the tariff savings onto the consumer.
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Casecutter
erocker
GPU/Mobo manufacturers will certainly see more profits! Unlikely they'll pass the tariff savings onto the consumer.
Correct a cost adder we won't ever get back, another big "give-me" to business from... Captain Bupkis!
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jonnyGURU
erocker
GPU/Mobo manufacturers will certainly see more profits! Unlikely they'll pass the tariff savings onto the consumer.
Casecutter
Correct a cost adder we won't ever get back, another big "give-me" to business from... Captain Bupkis!
Umm... No. Have you guys not been following the tariff situation? You think companies are going to raise retail prices due to tariffs then keep them up when there's a reprieve?

Tariffs were added to prices in the U.S. Prices in the U.S. went up. Now there's a repieve and you guys think they'll keep the difference to themselves? That's ridiculous.
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R0H1T
jonnyGURU
Umm... No. Have you guys not been following the tariff situation? You think companies are going to raise retail prices due to tariffs then keep them up when there's a reprieve?

Tariffs were added to prices in the U.S. Prices in the U.S. went up. Now there's a repieve and you guys think they'll keep the difference to themselves? That's ridiculous.
You're kidding, that's how most companies work around the world like 90% of them probably 90% of the time. They won't cut prices unless they absolutely have to, prime example being HDD prices jumped back when floods hit Thailand.
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lynx29
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GPU/Mobo manufacturers will certainly see more profits! Unlikely they'll pass the tariff savings onto the consumer.
yep exactly, now that prices have been raised, as Seasonic even admitted due to tariffs, no way they will lower them in response to this. they love it. well done trumpy boy! so smaht

https://www.anandtech.com/show/13567/seasonic-increases-msrps-of-psus-in-the-us

jonnyGURU
Umm... No. Have you guys not been following the tariff situation? You think companies are going to raise retail prices due to tariffs then keep them up when there's a reprieve?

Tariffs were added to prices in the U.S. Prices in the U.S. went up. Now there's a repieve and you guys think they'll keep the difference to themselves? That's ridiculous.
ok Jonny, well the new seasonic GX gold and PX platinum line just hit amazon a few weeks ago, a brand new PSU at $159.99 for 850w version. I'll report back in 3 weeks and see if they have lowered their prices any. and we will know for sure ;)
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-The_Mask-
lynx29
ok Jonny, well the new seasonic GX gold and PX platinum line just hit amazon a few weeks ago, a brand new PSU at $159.99 for 850w version. I'll report back in 3 weeks and see if they have lowered their prices any. and we will know for sure ;)
jonnyGURU
Read the document: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2019-20442.pdf

"Power supplies suitable for physical incorporation into automatic data processing (ADP) machines or units thereof of heading 8471, each with a power output exceeding 500 W, measuring 148mm in length, 43 mm in width and 335 mm in height."

That's not an ATX power supply. Sounds more like a 2U or some other server PSU.
Only power supplies for ADP, with those measurements. Nothing changed for other power supplies.
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lynx29
-The_Mask-
Only power supplies for ADP, with those measurements. Nothing changed for other power supplies.
either way, trumpy boi so smaht. i pay extra for power supply no matter what and china doesn't care i pay an extra 20 bucks lol, and my money gets sent out to farmers to bribe them for their vote! it's amazing! lol sad.
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jonnyGURU
R0H1T
You're kidding, that's how most companies work around the world like 90% of them probably 90% of the time. They won't cut prices unless they absolutely have to, prime example being HDD prices jumped back when floods hit Thailand.
That is a completely different kind of situation.

Current tariffs only impact U.S. prices. Prices didn't go up globally. The market is too much of a commodity market with too much competition; especially from companies OUTSIDE of the U.S.

lynx29
ok Jonny, well the new seasonic GX gold and PX platinum line just hit amazon a few weeks ago, a brand new PSU at $159.99 for 850w version. I'll report back in 3 weeks and see if they have lowered their prices any. and we will know for sure ;)
They won't because AFAIK, Seasonic doesn't make any PSUs that are measuring 148mm in length, 43 mm in width and 335 mm in height. :rolleyes:
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lynx29
jonnyGURU
That is a completely different kind of situation.

Current tariffs only impact U.S. prices. Prices didn't go up globally. The market is too much of a commodity market with too much competition; especially from companies OUTSIDE of the U.S.



They won't because AFAIK, Seasonic doesn't make any PSUs that are measuring 148mm in length, 43 mm in width and 335 mm in height. :rolleyes:
yeah i already figured that out from mask's comment... hence I gave him a like... also are you ever going to do reviews anymore? i check your site often and you never have any new ones, only one in like a 3 year period... can you test the new seasonic gx and px line?
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R-T-B
lynx29
yeah i already figured that out from mask's comment... hence I gave him a like... also are you ever going to do reviews anymore? i check your site often and you never have any new ones, only one in like a 3 year period... can you test the new seasonic gx and px line?
He doesn't do the reviews.

IIRC Jonny now works for Corsair. Still knows a thing or two (maybe even three, he can count higher than me)
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erocker
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jonnyGURU
Umm... No. Have you guys not been following the tariff situation? You think companies are going to raise retail prices due to tariffs then keep them up when there's a reprieve?

Tariffs were added to prices in the U.S. Prices in the U.S. went up. Now there's a repieve and you guys think they'll keep the difference to themselves? That's ridiculous.
Idk, Evga just raised the price of most of their RTX cards 10 dollars again in the past few weeks. Unless your being sarcastic, I hope so.
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-The_Mask-
erocker
Idk, Evga just raised the price of most of their RTX cards 10 dollars again in the past few weeks. Unless your being sarcastic, I hope so.
He isn't being sarcastic, why should they go down?
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erocker
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-The_Mask-
He isn't being sarcastic, why should they go down?
Profit is growth and growth pleases investors.
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