Originally Posted by CL3P20
Agreed.. prices driving demand is one thing.. creating a 'drought' to drive demand should be called "Price fixing" and deemed illegal. Seriously.. thats shady crack-dealer BS .. come on Samsung..
Keep in mind that companies adjust their production mix all the times...there are entire college courses devoted to teaching this process to business students, so in it of itself, it is not illegal...only when you conspire with others to all do it does it become illegal price fixing.
You can't fault an entity for shifting production to more profitable product lines, anymore than you can fault a landscaper for concentrating his efforts on more lucrative instillation of irrigation systems, as opposed to cutting grass. Everyone is going to try to do what gets the most bang back for their investment, whether it be time, capital or factory capacity.
All we can hope for is that someone views this as an opportunity to take market share from Samsung and ramps up their production to offset their reduction.
While I wouldn't be surprised if they are all in it together, I think that they learned from their mistakes last time they got caught doing it and are going about it much smarter...thru the use the changing product mix and by announcing
the shift to more profitable product lines as the reason for the reduction in memory chip production.