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Old 26-02-2020, 09:04   #1
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I've had a Renogy 300 Watt Solar Kit in my Amazon cart for a few weeks and the price almost doubled yesterday. I wasn't planning on ordering until this summer using Amazon Points. I wonder if this increase is supply chain jitters from the Corona Virus? This is the kit of anyone has any comments. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015DFMTS2
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Reasonable assumption....supply chain worldwide is impacted...Peoples Republic especially so.
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if memory serves me these are from Canada. I bought a 250w a few years ago. Was around $200 less than a $1 a watt. $1 a watt was price range then. Rest of equipment was about $75. may want to shop around . Lee
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Re: Solar price incease

Economists, polled by Reuters between February 7-13TH, said they expected China’s economic growth to slump to 4.5% in the first quarter of 2020, down from 6% in the previous quarter.
However, the economists were optimistic China’s economy would recover quickly. if the virus could be contained.
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-ch...-idUKKBN20801Y

China is the largest solar panels supplier in the world, and there are hundreds of large and small solar panels manufactures in China. Eight out of the world's top 10 solar panel makers are Chinese, according to IHS Markit. China is by far the world's biggest producer with a 71% market share.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Bus...hallenges-loom

Accordingly, I wouldn't be surprised if there is some significant disruption in the P.V. Panel market.
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If you go to renogy.com and price the parts individually rather than in the kit, you can currently save about $145.
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I bought a 350 watt panel with 21 % efficiency two weeks ago locally for $150-00 AUD, it included a controller and connections, The prices here are dropping constantly,
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Heaps of big panels 250w plus going cheap in the UK and some are less than the little panels. It was cheaper for me to buy a 300w than a second 150w panel. At 50p a watt it doesn't matter if it only lasts 10 years on a boat.

I think this is down to the Gov cutting the feed in tariffs for home installations so the market collapsed, meanwhile the small ones remain popular so priced accordingly.

What is left of the German solar industry must be hoping for a short term reprieve after the Chinese crushed them.

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I've had a Renogy 300 Watt Solar Kit in my Amazon cart for a few weeks and the price almost doubled yesterday. I wasn't planning on ordering until this summer using Amazon Points. I wonder if this increase is supply chain jitters from the Corona Virus? This is the kit of anyone has any comments. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015DFMTS2
I work in th solar industry. We most definitely have not seen a doubling of prices, in fact they continue their steady decline. I'm guessing that was just a pricing issue with that specific vendor, either a mistake or their own idiosyncratic supply chain issue.
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Heaps of big panels 250w plus going cheap in the UK and some are less than the little panels. It was cheaper for me to buy a 300w than a second 150w panel. At 50p a watt it doesn't matter if it only lasts 10 years on a boat.
Pete, we have our boat in the Solent - any places you'd suggest to get some of those "cheap" 250-300W panels?
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I've had a Renogy 300 Watt Solar Kit in my Amazon cart for a few weeks and the price almost doubled yesterday. I wasn't planning on ordering until this summer using Amazon Points. I wonder if this increase is supply chain jitters from the Corona Virus? This is the kit of anyone has any comments. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015DFMTS2
After reading your post I checked my cart and the price had dropped 16%

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K43DZFR...lig_dp_it&th=1
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Pete, we have our boat in the Solent - any places you'd suggest to get some of those "cheap" 250-300W panels?
Try Bimble Solar near Brighton https://www.bimblesolar.com/
They have lots of solar panels at rock bottom prices including used panels from solar farms that have upgraded. They also have PV controllers and inverters etc at good prices.
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After reading your post I checked my cart and the price had dropped 16%

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K43DZFR...lig_dp_it&th=1
checked price they took off the kit part no controller cables clamps etc. price still high. seller changing it for you follow the money shop around.
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I've had a Renogy 300 Watt Solar Kit in my Amazon cart for a few weeks and the price almost doubled yesterday. I wasn't planning on ordering until this summer using Amazon Points. I wonder if this increase is supply chain jitters from the Corona Virus? This is the kit of anyone has any comments. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015DFMTS2

Check your 'puter for Amazon "Cookies" and eliminate them if found. According to a recent technical article, Amazon has a subroutine for "motivating" prospective buyers to proceed with purchases whereby, after a certain number of views of a product, displayed prices are increased incrementally. In response, some/(many?) will "click through" and complete a buy order to obtain the product before any further price increases occur. Artificial "scarcity" effect I suppose...

Whether the foregoing is correct or not, I don't know. I do know the effect of perceived increasing scarcity on motivating prospective consumers, however.

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Check your 'puter for Amazon "Cookies" and eliminate them if found. According to a recent technical article, Amazon has a subroutine for "motivating" prospective buyers to proceed with purchases whereby, after a certain number of views of a product, displayed prices are increased incrementally. In response, some/(many?) will "click through" and complete a buy order to obtain the product before any further price increases occur. Artificial "scarcity" effect I suppose...

Whether the foregoing is correct or not, I don't know. I do know the effect of perceived increasing scarcity on motivating prospective consumers, however.

FWIW

It also works on the average income in your Postal Code/Zip Code area. I am in one of the highest in Canada. I have to put items in my wish list, and wait a while, the algorithm, checks your list against price and if you do not make a move in a bit over a month, the price magically drops. Surprise, surprise! Got a better deal on my complete Raspberry Pi/monitor setup that way. My American Amazon account, lists prices far lower than the exchange difference.
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It also works on the average income in your Postal Code/Zip Code area. I am in one of the highest in Canada. I have to put items in my wish list, and wait a while, the algorithm, checks your list against price and if you do not make a move in a bit over a month, the price magically drops. Surprise, surprise! Got a better deal on my complete Raspberry Pi/monitor setup that way. My American Amazon account, lists prices far lower than the exchange difference.
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Fleabay.com does that as well, Or only gives one page of expensive sponsored items,
Or trys to move me to the even more expensive Aussie Ebay
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