DJI is one of – if not the – most popular drone companies in the world. They have a variety of drone models perfectly suited for each individual hobby. Whether you want one with an HD camera, or one that can fly for hours before recharging, DJI has the drone for you. In fact, they control over 70% of the drone market globally. This gives them an edge against the competition in both price and accessibility.
If you go to your local hobby shop, odds are the drones they have are DJI’s. If one goes to the park for some R&R, you may find drone flyers there enjoying the view. And yes, their drones are probably from DJI as well. With their many quality offers, drones such as the DJI Mavic and Phantom are well known names in the drone community. DJI, the China-based drone giant, may have a stranglehold on the drone market for years to come.
However, if you want to get your very own DJI drone, you may have to pay a bit more these next few months. This is because of the increase in tariffs on the US side of things.
The US-China Trade Issues
Trump’s increase in tariffs for Chinese products may cause some problems for DJI’s prices in the US. This is because DJI would increase retail prices to accommodate these new added expenses on their end. Consumers of drone products in the US may see up to a 15% increase in prices for these drones.
Now the question remains: will this lessen the stranglehold of DJI on the drone market in the US? Would consumers, now expected to pay more for the same model, look elsewhere for their drone needs? Companies such as the French Parrot may be a great alternative if these prices may seem a bit too hard to stomach.
What does the future hold for drones?