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Originally Posted by rocstar96 View Post

Sigh, stupid HDD manufacturers.

they are actually smart,
post #32 of 47
SSD prices continue to drop, HDD prices continue to rise?

Well, I can say I wouldn't have expected the gap between SSD and HDD to close so quickly...
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They'll use the flood to keep their prices up forever.

Was just thinking the same thing. At what point will they no longer be able to blame flooding on their higher prices? I'm lucky I wont need another HDD for a long time. I will however need an SSD in a few months, I wonder if the prices on those have gone up due to the tsunami/earthquake in Japan?
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I got my 1TB Spinpoint F3 literally a week before the prices started going up, it's about 3 times more expensive from most places now.
post #36 of 47
I don't expect the HDD manufacturers to ever lower prices back to what they were pre-flood. They're going to price fix even after they get full capacity back, I guarantee it.... mad.gif
post #37 of 47
I say let them price themselves out of relevance. Hopefully SSD makers will see this opportunity to move in on the market and lower their prices.
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The shortage is not entirely bad news for the disk-drive business, especially for those companies whose facilities were not damaged, such as Seagate, which has a factory high and dry on a plateau in northeastern Thailand. Mr. Monroe said price increases will help lift industry profit margin to about 30 percent from about 20 percent before the floods.

Just wow........... They even admit they have no supply issue just price gouging.
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I bought 3 or 4 WD20EARS about a month before the flood ... or was it during summer? Anyways, I got them for roughly 70$ and when they went back to 79$ + I tought to myself, I could expand my file server but the drives are too expensive ... who'd have thought?
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storage is going backwards, ssds are coming down, and hdds are going up.
anyone mind explaining why these wd blues cost a dollar a gb?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136457
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136195

That's getting DANGEROUSLY close to SSD prices - I just bought a 60GB SSD for the same price.
 
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I work at a shop that does repair and retail sales, we buy a lot of parts from some of the big channel wholesalers.

Basically for a long time we almost couldn't get drives at any price. Now stock is a lot better on drives, except for enterprise and SAS drives, but prices are still horrible. I know we've been buying and selling less drives than normal as a result. I think we won't see prices get back to normal until the end of the year. It really sucks, as I need some new storage drives, running out of room.
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