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I've been desperately searching for Western Digital Red 3TB drives for a reasonable price. Every online retailer that I've heard of is either out of stock, or is charging a huge mark up. I found one site that was selling them at a reasonable price.

www.ctistore.com


They were going for $184.99 when the same drives on Newegg are $259.99+$7.28 shipping.

Anyway, I placed my order on September 2nd, and the ETA was 14 days. I waited, and I waited some more. Fast forward to today. I got tired of waiting, and decided to cancel my order. I gave CTI a call, and the rep said they are on back-order, and they don't know when or if they will ever get them in stock? What? You don't even know if you're ever going to get any stock at all? Fed up, I told her to go ahead and cancel my order, that I would explore other options. I go back to their site a few hours later and.... they are in stock. Wait, what? They are listed as shipping in 1-2 Days, and (IN STOCK). Am I crazy? Does anyone here have any experience ordering from this site? I feel like I'm being tricked somehow, but at the same time, I usually have bad luck when it comes to situations like this. Maybe it's all just a coincidence or a misunderstanding? Any input would be appreciated.
post #2 of 23
Did you get your money back
Anyway, I found this. dont know if its accurate or not though
http://www.scamadviser.com/is-ctistore.com-safe.html
post #3 of 23
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Initially, they took the money from my account. After a few days though, it was added back into my balance, and I got a call from them saying that the drives were on order, and it would be up to a two week wait. I told them that was fine, and that I would wait for them to ship. I waited the two weeks, and still heard nothing. I'm usually very patient, so I figured it wouldn't hurt to wait a bit longer as.. Amazon, Newegg, NCIX, and many other large retailers were also out of stock. After the third week, I got a bit annoyed, and decided to call them today. That's when I got the whole.. "We don't know if we will ever get them in stock." response, which prompted me to cancel my original order.
post #4 of 23
NCIX's lowest price on the drives was $169.99 + FS - so you aren't necessarily being scammed. The price doesn't set off warning bells to me.

They've been out of stock at NCIX for... 3 weeks? 5 weeks? I'm not sure how long, but it's a long time. Either they've got a massive backorder to fill thanks to the awesome price they put them on at, or WD is having supply issues for their 3TB model. I'll contact them and see what they say.
     
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post #5 of 23
ive noticed here in the uk items listed as ETA normally do end up never going back in stock and removed from the site get your money back .
post #6 of 23
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Seeing how everyone is getting their money back, and I did end up getting mine back, my curiosity has peaked. I placed the order again last night. They were listed as in stock most of the day yesterday, and they are still listed as in stock now. I was hoping to wake up to a "Your product has been shipped!" email, but there was nothing. I logged onto the site and was given this message:

"Due to Yom Kippur, all order that placed after 3:00 PM EST on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 will be processed on Thursday, September 27, 2012. Thank for your Business."

I guess that's just bad luck again on my part. I'll post a status update on Thursday. I'm interested to see what they come up with next.
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post #8 of 23
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Yeah... I want to know if they're ever going to actually ship me anything. I'm also desperate. I have 1GB of space left on my 2TB RAID 1 array. I've been storing everything else on a 1.5TB green drive, so my data is no longer redundant. If that drive fails, I'll lose a lot of files. Also, I'm almost completely out of space, unless I start storing stuff on my SSD. I've done a little more research on the site, and have seen quite a few more people recommending it. So at this point, I'm just interested in their awesome price, and their excuses if nothing is shipped out in the next few days. If they aren't going to take my money, I want to see this through to the end, because only NCIX comes close to their listing price. I'll keep this post updated.
post #9 of 23
NCIX:
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I see none in Canada at all, we just got some 2 TB's though and I think we're the only ones with them according to supplier info.

No idea when more will come at this point my friend, I haven't seen any mechanical drives this back ordered in years. And we have a bit of a back order list to go through too, so I would anticipate at least a few weeks at best.

Sorry I couldn't provide any better news.
     
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post #10 of 23
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Well, that's not good. CTI has all of the drives listed as In Stock at this point. That makes me wonder if they have any actual drives to ship. Well, I should know something tomorrow. They are supposed to start processing orders again Thursday. Thanks for the information.
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