Late last month, we had reports that we could be seeing possible increase in prices of notebooks following shortage of components in Taiwan. Back then we had written that the impact on sales is however likely to be minimal since the price increase was not expected to be more than $1 or $2.
However, fresh reports have indicated that the perceived shortage in components was more so because of suppliers double-booking or overbooking inventories in order to maintain inventory levels. DigiTimes writes
Notebook component shortage in China is not as serious as most market watchers believe since the strong market demand is mainly created by notebook makers double booking or over booking orders to maintain inventories, according to sources from notebook makers
So this should put all speculations to rest for the time being.[via DigiTimes]