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Old 10-30-2011, 08:02 PM   #11 (permalink)
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on aria.co.uk the price for a 1tb western digital black is now £132, the other week they were £60.

Guess my £900 budget for my pc at Christmas wont get me as far as i thought
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:26 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Some reason, I feel manufactures are going to post record profits... You know there is no reason for a hike, there are plenty of drives, and that plant isn't going to be offline as long as most are thinking. No way it's not a multi-level plant, and you KNOW insurance will pay for all the lost equipment and quiet possibly lost production, so yea, someone is gonna be having some record profits.
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Plus, it's one of quite a lot of plants. Total HDD production is gonna down, what, 5%?
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Thats assuming individual consumers are willing to pay these prices, and corporations/shops can't subsist on what they have stockpiled.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:12 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Thats assuming individual consumers are willing to pay these prices, and corporations/shops can't subsist on what they have stockpiled.
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No, that is incorrect. 40% of the world's production is affected. That is huge! And even if a plant itself is undamaged, power to the plant, water, sewage is all effected. As are the homes and families of their workers. And WD does not manufacture all the components in their drives. They have suppliers whose factories are shutdown too.

The major computer makers (Dell, HP, Acer, Sony, Toshiba, etc.) are under contract to get their drives from these makers - which typically have JIT (just in time) delivery schedules. These supply channels cannot instantly switch over to other sources any more than these other sources can instantly ramp up production (or get parts) to fill the gaps. Drives already on the shelves, on the other hand will instantly be in greater demand. And supply and demand determines prices.

Sure there will be unscrupulous distributors who will price gouge consumers. Hopefully our justice systems will go after them. But it will take a few months for the supply channels to regroup and recover, and for the prices to come back down, and they will come back down.

Yes, they have insurance, but they may not have flood insurance. And even still, it takes time to rebuild factories.

As I said, the same thing happened before with RAM. And it happened before when there was a rash of lousy electrolytic caps leaking. It happen when Toyota had to shut down all their Japaneses factories due to the earthquake. Production in their American factories came to a screeching halt due to a lack of parts to build the cars here.
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Old 10-31-2011, 01:21 PM   #16 (permalink)
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My friends HDD Went down a little while ago, I told him it shouldn't cost more than $40 to get a new one then this happened. He ended up getting a 500GB drive from Best Buy for like $65 or something.
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Old 10-31-2011, 02:54 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I am seeing 7200RPM 500GB drives hit $100... Sorry, but that, actually, in many places is illegal as it is considered price gouging. Supply and Demand has been broken for a long, long, LONG time now.
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