I had to buy a new webcam a few months ago, what would have cost me £15 pre-COVID cost me nearer £60.
A friend needs a printer and asked me what I used. I checked the price - the printer I bought in June 2019 (Brother, A3 print & scan, double sided printing) for £140 is still available - £599.99. OK, it's probably obsolete and only one vendor on Amazon but similar models are all £400+.
I had a problem last November. The Canon Pixma finally gave up the ghost so on recommendation I went hunting for a Brother. Found one on line and purchased but it never arrived. An inquiry revealed that they had none in stock and were awaiting a limited shipment.
Went to another on line retailer. They were waiting for the same ship to arrive full of Brothers which were being spoken for.
About 3 weeks before it arrived . Brother DCP - J572DW.