Tantalum is available in 3 forms in the international market and Tantalum Prices vary on the basis of these grades. The first is the tantalum ore and concentrate that can be priced higher than $120 per pound. However, the African prices can go as low as $60 per pound, even though you cannot buy the African variation for this price. The second form of tantalum is tantalum oxide or salt that costs around double the price of the ore.
The price of the third form of tantalum, capacitor-grade tantalum powder, can go as high as $300 per pound. Since electronics contain certain percentage of capacitor-grade tantalum, Tantalum Prices have some impact over electronics prices.