Recently licensed technician here, and going straight into my general class, I'm keeping an eye on cheap (sub-$400) HF radios. I keep reading articles that suggest used radios that normally sell for under 350, but I can only find them on Ebay for over 400 right now, and rising, it seems. Is this a seasonal thing, or is this relatively abnormal, like the recent rise in price of firearms and ammo?

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    $\begingroup$ uff, with the current scale of global economic events, I don't think this can be generalized. Like, there's a shortage of plexiglas. A shortage of e-bikes in europe, sportive bikes in general have increased waiting times. You currently can't buy high-end last generation NVidia GPUs, and the current generation isn't yet available. ... I'd chalk this up to "people are at home trying to figure out how to spend their time". $\endgroup$ – Marcus Müller Oct 9 '20 at 19:35
  • $\begingroup$ @MarcusMüller Yeah, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't keep looking. And there are ham radio sites that sell used gear, such as qth.com and qrz.com. $\endgroup$ – Mike Waters Oct 9 '20 at 20:01
  • $\begingroup$ @MarcusMüller Yeah, I guess. The price of stuff in general is increasing. I was just wondering if I should wait until spring since I don't have my general yet anyways... or buy now while you can still get onto HF at all for below $1000... $\endgroup$ – Galaxy Oct 9 '20 at 20:03
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    $\begingroup$ nah, as Mike said: buy used! Especially now if people are upgrading to more expensive gear, sensible gear will probably stay affordable. Also, before you spend $1000 on HF gear... let me tell you about other expensive hobbies like 70 to 6000 MHz SDRs + separate amplifiers... $\endgroup$ – Marcus Müller Oct 9 '20 at 20:23
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    $\begingroup$ There are many QRP kits for under $350. Even some SDR transceivers. $\endgroup$ – hotpaw2 Oct 10 '20 at 1:27

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