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post #31 of 35 Old 03-07-2012, 01:37 PM
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The drastic price increase was due to the flooding in Thailand. The slow rebound is due to reduced competition, and "because they can".

I really think so. It has been quite long enough for prices to recover. I was getting 2 TB drives for $60 to $80 AR last year and now they're double that.

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There's no question. Despite the flooding, HD manufacturer's profit margins are up. The floods were devastating to the people of Thailand, and a costly inconvenience for consumers. But it worked out as a very convenient excuse to increase margins for the recently consolidated drive industry. I had been consistently paying $55-$60 for 2TB drives since November of '10. Now it costs at least twice as much (if I want a drive with a decent warranty).

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Glad I have 12TB right now but I'm going to need more in the not so distant future.

The drive manufacturer's are SOB's!

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Nothing is really good right now. $120 is about as good as it gets for 2tb. Newegg has had some refurb greens recently in the emails.

NCIX has new Seagate 2tbs for $99.99 in their latest weekly sale.

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Also notice that most Seagate and WD drive warranties are now 2 years. The reports make it appear that there may be more hard drive failures since some of the manufacturing has been moved to alternate locations, and conveniently at the beginning of the year, BOTH Seagate and WD decide to reduce most of the consumer drive warranties from 3 to 2 years. Last I checked, Samsung and Hitachi are still at 3, but I'm sure that will also go away as their assimilations progress.

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