Why Do Cable Prices Fluctuate So Much?
We sell a lot of cables - bulk cat5e,
cables - the list goes on and on, but I won’t bore you with the
One question that we frequently hear from customers, though, is why
do cable prices fluctuate so much? We try to hold our prices steady on
small quanties (under 1k), but really large companies always want to
know why the prices can easily fluctuate by 10% within less than 30
The answer might not be obvious to everybody, but the vast majority
of the fluctuation is a result of changes in copper prices. The most
expensive component in just about any high quality cable is the spot
market for copper. Nobody wants to make a huge gamble on copper prices
by taking a huge inventory (because if the price drops the next day
they are underwater), so most manufacturers buy it on the “spot market”
where prices change every day.
Interested to know recent trends for copper? Check
Again, we do everything in our power to hold our prices steady, but
next time you wonder why a cable costs a lot more (or less) than the
last time you saw it, go check the price of copper - you’ll probably
see a correlation!