Cisco has become the second vendor in recent weeks to drop its hardware prices, adding weight to predictions of broader price cuts.
Effective August 17, the networking giant reduced the list price of its hardware products by 15.25 per cent and decreased a handful of service prices.
In a written response,a Cisco spokesperson said the company “frequently reviews and adjusts product and service pricing to extend our customer’s dollar and deliver greater value. This is part of our continuing effort to deliver products with compelling price/ performance solutions for our customers and partners”.
The spokesperson did not elaborate on whether the price drop was directly related to the rise in the Aussie dollar, which at time of publication was trading at just over $US0.82 and 77 yen.
Cisco raised prices on all products by 18 per cent when the Aussie dollar dropped sharply at the end of 2008 against the US and Japanese currencies. Prior to March, the domestic currency suffered six months of stagnation around the $US0.60-$US0.70 mark. The fluctuations followed a 30 per cent fall from a 25-year high $US0.98 in mid-July last year.
At the start of May, Cisco also increased prices on technical services for select end-of-sale products. About 1500 out of 50,000 SKUs were affected by the price increase, which was mostly between 15-25 per cent.
The Cisco move follows that of Sun Microsystems, which dropped the cost for all its products by an average of 11 per cent in late June.
Acer also raised prices – by 25 per cent – during the height of talk on the economic downturn, but representatives for the company could not provide comment by time of publication as to whether it too was now considering dropping prices.
Earlier this month, representatives from distributors, Westcon Group and Distribution Central, predicted vendor price drops were on the way following the Australian dollar’s resilient rise against the US greenback.