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U.S. and Canada are ramping up production of these minerals in the coming years. They forsaw it coming and have been moving to increase production.
 
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Originally Posted by Darkpriest667 View Post

U.S. and Canada are ramping up production of these minerals in the coming years. They forsaw it coming and have been moving to increase production.

I'd say that would be a wise decisions.

I'd like to see a complete movement for Computer Parts being made in other countries myself.

I don't like extremely low paid / suicidal Chinese workers building my stuff, sorry, no offense intended, but why support corporations which obviously don't care about the employees which makes their products?
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It's actually Hard Disk Drive, but whatever. tongue.gif
 
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Did all of the HDD Plants get flooded?
Does Western Digital supply all of the parts for all HDD makers?
I'm not going to buy the floods are the main reason, I think greed is the main reason, they just needed something as justification to raise prices...
My article may not be accurate, indeed I may even be wrong, but then again, there has to be some reason why they suddenly jumped for all manufacturers..
I smell collusion and price fixing, that's what I'd like to really see get investigated.

what im saying is it didn't help with production and the price jump seemed to coincide with the floods also some HDD parts manufactures were flooded.. but with plants in other parts of the world, i think the floods here lead to more a shortage of complete drives and parts need by other manufactures which would have lead to a jump in prices.. its just another factor in the debacle and one we should keep an eye on this there if worst case it happens again.. smile.gif
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Did all of the HDD Plants get flooded?
Does Western Digital supply all of the parts for all HDD makers?
I'm not going to buy the floods are the main reason, I think greed is the main reason, they just needed something as justification to raise prices...
My article may not be accurate, indeed I may even be wrong, but then again, there has to be some reason why they suddenly jumped for all manufacturers..
I smell collusion and price fixing, that's what I'd like to really see get investigated.

what im saying is it didn't help with production and the price jump seemed to coincide with the floods also some HDD parts manufactures were flooded.. but with plants in other parts of the world, i think the floods here lead to more a shortage of complete drives and parts need by other manufactures which would have lead to a jump in prices.. its just another factor in the debacle and one we should keep an eye on this there if worst case it happens again.. smile.gif

I can agree with that, this is something we should watch, though I still think someone needs to investigate the HDD MFGs because this really smacks of collusion and/or price fixing.


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Originally Posted by HothBase View Post

It's actually Hard Disk Drive, but whatever. tongue.gif

Lulz, doh!
Edited by _GTech - 3/13/12 at 10:40pm
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Alrighty.



^^..  Then..

 

 

 

 

 

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I doubt that rare earth elements are the true issue. Financial greed appears to be the real issue.
The floods were a reason to jack prices short term. When HDD mfgs. realized they had a captive audience they decided to price gouge just like the oil cartels. This is nothing new. All you need to do is look at sales volume vs. profit. If raw materials caused a price increase then profits would not be up dramatically on lowered unit sales, which they are by 2-4 fold.
If consumers stopped buying HDDs the prices would drop back to reality in a few weeks.

This is pretty much what I think too ... ppl still buy HDD anyway so why would they drop their price ?!
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This is all a ploy to get us into cloud'ing.
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Neodymium supply was reduced much earlier than the floods.

We, the RC junkies already experienced a substantial price rise in electric motors due to magnets skyrocketing. Our rotors are made entirely of a single piece of neodymium.

I mean, from around $190 a piece (for let's say a Castle 1412) to $229 approximately.

Other brands that make 2-pole motors that requiere much smaller rotors have assumed the cost of the magnets and their prices haven't rised a cent.
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Also, why would HDD companies not cite this as a source for why HDD prices are (still) high? They don't lose a thing by blaming outside forces.

^this!
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