Tech That's Now More Expensive Post-Brexit Vote

By Gary Cutlack on at

Phone maker OnePlus grabbed the headlines earlier this week when it announced a shocking price increase for its brand new OnePlus 3 model -- from £309 to £329 -- and blamed the Brexit result and subsequent plunging value of the pound on international currency markets for the increase. If only the Remain campaign had said nice new telephones might cost more.

And it's not the only tech company to be taking a hammering on currency exchange rates -- a hammering the international suppliers are only too happy to pass on to us poor customers ASAP. Like Dell, for example, with the US-based PC hardware specialist quickly jumping to protect its profit margins by telling its UK wholesale buyers that everything -- everything! -- now comes with a 10 per cent premium attached to it. Just like that.

So now he's got more time on his hands and might like to take up internet gaming to pass the day, Nigel Farage will have to find an extra 10 per cent to fund the purchase of his gaming rig. D'oh!

Petrol prices are also up, slightly, as a result of currency fluctuations, says the RAC, although the gyrating oil price is helping offset some of the increase and led to just an average rise of just 1.5p per litre for petrol and 1.66p per litre for diesel across June. Also, farming news site ArgiLand says cows cost more now too, but that might be unrelated.

But there's some good news! The British Retail Consortium-Nielsen Shop Price Index for June says the average food shop price fell by 0.8 per cent in June, making comfort eating your way out of sadness marginally cheaper.

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