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Quote:
Originally Posted by 73110 View Post

Lack of competition, that is.
That's why fusions should be taken with a grain of salt.

Exactly. This oligopoly we have in the HDD market is to blame for these prices. I refuse to be price gouged with such high prices. At this rate I will never buy a HDD again and go strictly SSD, especially with the way SSDs are progressing speed wise. We've got $1.50/GB SSDs putting down 400-500MB/s reads while $0.25/GB HDDs are lucky to put down 150MB/s reads. Couple that with higher reliability and I would say SSDs are of higher value per dollar than HDDs.
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Hi,

I have serious doubts about the news and analysis that prices will remain high until 2014.
The problem is always competition and supply/demand equilibrium.
If prices stay high like they are now and the prices of SSD's keep falling as they are until 2014, by then the hdd industry would be faced with a very big problem .... customers would start changing to SSD's as primary drives for OS/programs. They are Much faster and also much more energy efficient and smaller and that is fundamental for the laptop market that represents the majority of pc sales.

So the manufacturers are actually fighting to keep the price as low as possible provided they can still get a nice margin and their market share. They do this by ramping production, not making prices higher.

Also the production capacity lost by WD is at stake and competitors like Seagate, Hitashi and Samsung would be more then willing to provide and sell their products instead of WD ...

Even thinking that such a competitive industry could even dream of higher prices is completely insane.
The prices are already coming down and we are in mid-February ...
Production at the affected factories is already being restarted and may reach full production in the next couple of months.
No one has never gain any money betting on higher prices in the IT world.
This industry lives from the fact that money is made by selling huge quantities of parts for the PC/laptop/tablet/networking/storage environment, not by increasing prices, but by Decreasing prices.
Also to consider is that the world in 2012 will be in a recession and that one of the sectors affected will be the computer industry, actually 2011 was a down year for the IT hardware manufacturers.
2012 will be even worst, some say this fact alone could balance the supply/demand by a large factor forcing prices down.

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i hope not...im gonna want to buy drives in the future...
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Good thing I got a 2tb storage drive and 1tb primary drive just before prices sky rocketed I think i'll just be buying a 500gb hdd and 128gb SSD in the future to hold me over
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Ugh. My HDD died recently, so now I have to spend the bajillion dollars for the same space. frown.gif
 
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This sucks, I'm running out of space and really don't want to spend > $100 on a new drive. Everything is about money isn't it? Do all the drives actually come from Thailand?
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Only got 18GB free on my 2 1TB drives so really need to get another but just cant justify paying the $149 NZD for a 1TB when I got my other 1TBs for $90 2 years ago.
So that only leave to me to start culling files that arnt needed.
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So hold on, the LCD manufacturer's get nailed with a huge law suit (and lose) that is based on price fixing. The RAM makers also got dinged with a price fixing lawsuit.

How is this not price fixing? It's pretty easy to determine the cost of manufacturing the drives based on the costs pre-flood. Once the losses are offset, wouldn't extended high prices be labeled in a similar fashion?
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This analyst is an idiot. They will have dropped substantially by 2014. Il put money on it.
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