Originally Posted by hazarada
this is really simple, want hdd prices to go down? stop buying them. Give the poor manufacturers time to recover from the tsunami, no need to strain their crippled output.
The problem? People like me did stop buying them. Permanently.
I had no problem with the supply side economics of this. What I had a problem with was the gouging of the customers on a ridiculous level. They weren't keeping the market at bay while they sorted out supply. They sold off massive amounts of overstock at a huge profit and people panicked, because of sensationalist headlines, and bought them en masse. Why? Because people were, wrongly, told that it was going to be 1) worse than it was and 2) long term. No sir, what they did was price collusion and it is illegal.
As others mentioned. The same components go into external hard drives as internal harddrives. Literally in some cases identical to their internal counterparts but were 1/2 to 1/3 the price. The price did not have to rise 200 to 400 percent as it did. I've not liked Western Digital for shy of a decade and Seagate has lost my support about 3 years ago. Now that samsung and hitachi are bought out also I am forced to go SSD. I cannot do business with companies I do not trust. It's a cartel and like any cartel its more than likely being abused by the members of it. I will never buy another HDD again, not even for data storage. From here on out it is SSD all the way.Edited by Darkpriest667 - 4/30/12 at 5:07am