After Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February, large hardware and software companies began to leave the country in order not to support the bloody war in any way. Now that the world’s major computer manufacturers are not officially selling systems in Russia, many end users have to buy components to repair or upgrade their existing machines, according to media reports.
Sales of computer components for desktops and laptops increased by two to four times in the first nine months of 2021 in Russia compared to the same period a year ago, reports Cnews. (opens in a new tab). Apparently, Russians buy almost all computer parts they can install themselves, including graphics cards, processors, memory, solid-state drives, hard drives, motherboards and computer chassis, according to data from large retailers such as M.Video-Eldorado, Ozon. , and Blackberries.
While formal companies like Asus and Nvidia stopped shipping products to Russia earlier this year, their partners continued to pump their motherboards and graphics cards to the hostile nation, although indirectly, they continued to capitalize on demand. Also, companies like Lenovo (and local gray box manufacturers) benefited from the decision of Dell and HP to leave the Russian market.
One of the exciting things to note about computer parts sales in Russia is that while most of them have become more expensive than before, some of them (eg, graphics cards, SSDs) have gotten a little cheaper this year despite strong demand. and even deficiencies on some parts. In addition, as it turns out, some suppliers have increased shipments of their parts to Russia.
Another important factor about the Russian computer market is that official reports have become significantly longer, which may be one of the reasons why people now prefer to buy illegally imported components and install them themselves.
All in all, while many high-tech companies have left Russia and no longer sell their products in the country, there are still those who capitalize on this market. Of course, it is difficult to say whether these companies can satisfy 100% of the country’s needs in computers and computer components, but it seems that you can still buy new hardware in the country, albeit at high prices.