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A Strong Suggestion

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NewEgg just deactivated the ASUS Maximus IV Extreme. That is bad enough news but think why they'd do this. The new shipment of these motherboards could very well be on the side of a mountain in Japan instead of sailing merrily along, across the Pacific.
What other electronics may not be replenished anytime soon is, of course, unknown. I imagine that the Maximus motherboard may be only the first of many items that will be in very short supply since many (not all) Japanese ports and port cities were destroyed during the earthquake and tsunami's that came after. Plus the factories that make the components we all rely on.
My suggestion is that if you are contemplating a new electronics purchase of any kind whatsoever, then you should buy it while you still can.
If, and this is still a big "if", this situation occurs then we may not be seeing very many electronics left in stock and what is already in stock may very well suffer from highly inflated prices due to future insufficient replacements.
An article in bit-tech's Daily Newsletter, http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardwar...ore-s/1?tcs=nl, got me to thinking about the possibility of this problem that may have already occured with the ASUS motherboard I mentioned. A reader of the bit-tech article said that his company that uses recording tape, made by Sony, could be affected since the plant that makes this recording tape was heavily damaged. His company may have to deal with other companies for this necessary item and it may very well start being priced beyond what the company could afford.
Besides the heavy loss of life, the continuing nuclear disaster and the overhyping of the reactor crisis (yes, I'm talking about you, CNN-News!) there are many other facets of this disaster that can and will affect the world's economy in general and our interest in computers in particular.
At least keep your eyes open to any sudden increases in prices of the components we all rely on and note them in this and any other forums so we can all decide whether to buy something before it's priced out of reach or will not be restocked any time soon.
As I said, this is only a strong suggestion. Something worthy of your consideration and something to keep your eye on.
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Asus-Tek is not a Japanese company

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Manufacturing facilities and service centers

As of 2009 ASUS has manufacturing facilities in Taiwan (Taipei, Lujhu, Nangan, Guishan), China (Suzhou), Mexico (Ciudad Juárez) and the Czech Republic (Ostrava). The ASUS Hi-Tech Park, located in Suzhou, China, covers 540,000 square meters, roughly the size of 82 soccer fields.
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Most electronics are made in China anyways.
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