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post #31 of 55
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Originally Posted by Hawk777th;15567023 
Frys seems to have not jacked their prices up yet.

Are you kidding? A samsung F3 was going for $50-70 and they have them for $110

http://www.frys.com/product/6473452?site=sr:SEARCH:MAIN_RSLT_PG
post #32 of 55
Feel bad for USA, Australia is barely feeling it.
Funny cause you can still buy external 1TBs for $77
http://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers/storage/western-digital/elements-desktop-drive-1tb-sku-51260/
YOU MAD AMERICA?
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We can get externals' for that much too...
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Originally Posted by MountainDewMadOScar;15567235 
Feel bad for USA, Australia is barely feeling it.
Funny cause you can still buy external 1TBs for $77
http://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers/storage/western-digital/elements-desktop-drive-1tb-sku-51260/
YOU MAD AMERICA?

My suggestion is that if you need storage space, go out and get those lower priced externals and then gut them out. They are the same hard drives inside.

2TB at NCIX were $80 on a bad day. I went to futureshop yesterday and bought a 2TB Seagate Goflex for $100. Ripped it apart and the drive is identical to $160 Seagate 2TB Green/LP drive I bought the day before that. I returned the orginal $160 so fast. I also checked the manufacturing dates. Only one month behind from the futureshop one.

I can't wait for another 6 months for more storage space. Take advantage of some of those big chains slow pricing if you need it now or soon.
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hehe WD Digital element 2TB w/ enclosure is $50 cheaper than a WD green with the same capacity here.
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post #36 of 55
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My suggestion is that if you need storage space, go out and get those lower priced externals and then gut them out. They are the same hard drives inside.

2TB at NCIX were $80 on a bad day. I went to futureshop yesterday and bought a 2TB Seagate Goflex for $100. Ripped it apart and the drive is identical to $160 Seagate 2TB Green/LP drive I bought the day before that. I returned the orginal $160 so fast. I also checked the manufacturing dates. Only one month behind from the futureshop one.

I can't wait for another 6 months for more storage space. Take advantage of some of those big chains slow pricing if you need it now or soon.
6 months... more like 2 years to see a green 2TB drive for $80. No way they come down in price below $100 for 2 years. WD will reap off the higher charge why?

#1 they have to make up ALL the money for the damage done to their factory. That is going to cost them LOTS to fix up the building and equipment.

#2 production of them is going to take quite a while to supply as much as the world needs.

#3 SSD's might be throw on the market just before WD even gets production out. Which might make SSD's a better option to get. What would you take? a 1TB SSD or 2TB mechanical if they were both the same price?
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post #37 of 55
your best bet would be to take advantage (if possible) of in-store prices/sales on in-stock items as their prices haven't really changed, because the online deals are almost gone. i know that's tough in some areas of the globe.
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post #38 of 55
Reemmber these high prices are not all going back to the factories. Retailers already had a stock of HDs and are reaping major gains from their existing stock.

IE... Newegg was selling Samsung F3's for $50-60, they have 1000's in stock, the flood hits and prices jump to $120. Newegg already paid the factory the price they were paying when the drive was $60, so the $20-30 drive they bought off WD is suddenly netting them $100 profit per drive
post #39 of 55
I would head to a local store like an officemax or bestbuy , I work at an officemax and our prices are the same we even still have sales up our only restraint is one HDD per customer but stocks will be out soon so I'd go quick.
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How are SSD prices affected? Anyone know?
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