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PC market explodes in Q1 but…

PC market explodes in Q1 but…

While when we look at our situation through the small hole of our spyglass, we see that it is almost impossible to build a decent PC for months, it seems that despite the shortage of components, the market is growing strongly.

+55.2% of PC shipments between Q1 2021 and Q1 2020!

The first lesson learned by IDC ( International Data Corporation) analysts is just that: despite the shortage of components such as graphics cards or certain processors in particular, as well as generalized price increases, PC sales exploded in the first quarter. PC shipments reached 84 million units worldwide in 1Q21, a modest 8% decline from the fourth quarter of 2020. If we compare 1Q2021 to 1Q2020, the increase is 55.2%!

To measure these figures, IDC is basing itself on sales of desktop PCs, laptops and pre-assembled workstations. So the DIY market is not included in these numbers at all.

DIY market PC

The DIY market is the main victim and ignored in IDC’s figures

Personal assembly or at a local reseller is actually the main victim of the situation. IDC does not measure sales in this sector, which is mostly considered the aftermarket.

For the first time in many years, the end customer finds himself in a situation where he has to choose between not being able to buy a component, buying it at a huge extra cost, or getting access to it immediately and more economically, but at the cost of buying a complete PC.

On some forums, we are starting to see an amazing phenomenon where several people get together to buy a complete PC and then disassemble it to share the components…

Coming back to the sales figures, here are the results:

Le marché du PC Q1 2021

We can notice the growth of Apple, which is making a lot of money, probably due to the arrival of the M1.

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