After a year of critically low supplies of 15- and 17-inch CRT displays that have kept monitor costs high, the pipeline is finally opening up, possibly clearing the way
for lower prices.
High demand and a shortage of critical components such as
glass have kept CRT monitors stuck stubbornly at high price levels throughout the last
year. Now, the situation is reversing itself with an excess of both 15- and
17-inch displays, leading to a glut in the market, according to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Japan's largest economic daily newspaper.
Japanese manufacturers of the displays found with most home PCs are some of
the largest in the world. Japanese vendors also supply tubes--the critical
component in a CRT display--to manufacturers in
Taiwan and Korea. But with displays piling up unsold, major Taiwan-based purchasers are reportedly beginning to demand lower prices.
If prices are in fact cut, consumers can expect to
see those reductions passed along later this year. Demand has also slowed for CD-ROM drives, particularly quad-speed models.