A new report suggests that buying a PC from a reputable seller can have an “amazing” return on investment.
The PC industry is in a frenzy right now, with prices going through the roof and PC sales continuing to grow, but a new report from PC World, which covers PC buying from various sources, suggests that this rush is likely to get a bit more confusing once PC manufacturers and retailers start selling new computers in bulk.
“It’s an industry-wide scramble,” said Brian Hirsch, vice president of research and analysis for PC World.
“We’re seeing these big jumps in the price of new PCs.
The market has never seen this much excitement about buying a new PC before.”
It’s not just new PCs that are being rushed into the marketplace.
Hirsch said the demand for new hardware is also “bustling” with new PCs starting to ship with a new version of Windows 10, a new mouse, a brand-new motherboard, and even a brand new graphics card.
Hirsch says these new systems are also more expensive than their predecessors.
“There’s a lot of room for the prices to go up,” he said.
“If you compare it to the prices that have been coming in for the last six months, you’re going to be looking at a lot more expensive systems than they were just a few months ago.”
The new PC market is also in a state of flux.
Humble Bundle has been selling discounted PC bundles for a few weeks, but those are now available on Amazon.
But there are still a few bundles left from the first wave of bundles, and the new bundle prices may not reflect the actual cost of the product.
“I think this is going to change dramatically,” Hirsch told GeekWire.
“This is a market that’s never seen a year like this before.
There’s a new wave of people buying PCs, and there’s a whole bunch of new hardware coming out in the next couple of months.
And that’s going to drive up prices for everyone.”
The PC World report suggests the cost of buying a computer from a source that isn’t a manufacturer will go up dramatically when it goes through the rigors of the shipping process.
“You have to be willing to spend an additional $150 to get it to where you want it to be,” Humble said.
“If you’re not willing to pay that much, the price you’re looking at is going be $300, and that’s not even including shipping.”
A number of companies, including Dell, Lenovo, and Alienware, have recently announced their own PC bundles, but many are offering much lower prices than they’re currently selling.
The PC World team also says there is a glut of new computer deals on Amazon, and these deals often feature much lower price tags.
“You can’t get these deals for $350 to $500, or even $100 less,” Hinkle said.
The biggest difference between buying a bundle from a PC company and a reputable retailer is how much you’ll actually pay.
“The difference is not a lot,” Hichen said.
Instead, you’ll want to check the price and make sure it’s not over $300.
The other key difference between getting a discounted PC and a retail store is that you’ll need to make sure the system you’re buying has a certain type of graphics card, a hard drive, and other accessories.
Hichen also pointed out that some companies are willing to ship new hardware from their warehouses, which are often out of stock.
“The hardware is usually shipped in one of these shipping containers that are usually a couple of feet tall,” Hinker said.
That said, Hirsch believes that prices for new PC hardware will eventually stabilize, and a significant portion of PC buying will be in the $100 to $200 range.
“That will continue to be a very strong position,” he added.
Humble’s Humble bundles are now up for sale at Amazon.com for $299, while Alienware’s Alienware PC bundle is currently available for $499.
The new Lenovo Humble bundle is available for just $449.