What caused the sudden increase in RAM costs?

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    hlw_rocer

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    I remember around october 2012, two sticks of 4 GB RAM had only costed $30 at the cheapest (I think it was from Mushkin), but now the price has practically doubled. What has caused this sudden increase in price? And do you guys think the price will drop back down eventually?
     
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    What RAM type are you referring to...DDR2 or DDR3? What site were you checking prices on?
     
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    DDR3, and I've been checking prices on PCpartpicker.
     
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    RAM prices can get a bit volatile, it's a supply and demand type thing that can be impacted by all types of scenarios. Last time we got hit with an uptick in RAM prices was due to some flooding somewhere in Thailand. But it can also be a situation where manufacturers are cutting back on production. Who knows, maybe everyone is gearing up for DDR4 production. These things normally don't last more than a month or two and then things return to normal.
     
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    It may be temporary or may be making room for the new DDR 4 as @Trouble said.. All Prices will be back in some days.
     
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    From what I can guess, it would be supply and demand? Also depends on the company. inflation is another cause for rising prices.
     
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