The continuing semiconductor shortage is rapidly snowballing into a full-scale component shortage, highlighting the fragility of the current supply chain. Copper is the latest commodity in short supply, which may further promote the price increase of various electronic products. 
Citing Digirimes reports, the copper foil used to manufacture printed circuit boards continues to be in short supply and suppliers have encountered rising costs. Therefore, people have to suspect that these cost burdens will be passed on to consumers in the form of rising prices of electronic products.
 

 
A quick glance at the copper market will reveal that at the end of December 2020, the selling price of copper was $7,845.40 per ton. Today, the price of the commodity is US$9262.85 per ton, an increase of US$1,147.45 per ton in the past nine months. 
According to Tom's Hardware, due to the rising cost of copper and energy production, the price of copper foil has soared by 35% since the fourth quarter, which in turn has increased the cost of PCB. What makes the situation worse is that other industries are increasingly relying on copper. The media has made a comprehensive breakdown of the current cost of copper foil rolls, how many ATX boards a roll of copper foil can produce, etc., for those who want to have an in-depth understanding of the economic situation. 
Although a variety of electronic products may increase their prices, products such as motherboards and graphics cards may be the most affected because they use high-level large-scale PCBs. In this subset, the price difference of budget hardware may be felt the deepest. For example, high-end motherboards already have a large premium, and manufacturers may be more willing to absorb this level of small price increases.