First weeks of October have seen Fry's yo-yo these prices back to NewEgg's $299 range.
Apparently, when consumers saw "7200rpm at $199 but 5400rpm at $269", this price differential was enough to fan the "bad 7200rpm drive" flames.
So the prices have been jacked back up.
Remember, as a child, when some unpleasant uncle would dangle something above your head, just within reach, and yank it away, time after time? Even a child learns quickly enough to stop wasting any effort.
Our local Fry's stores are going thru an awful empty-shelf-itis with rumors of imminent bankruptcy. There's something about not being able to pay their suppliers and, now, without shelves being stocked, how many consumers are willing to point to an empty shelf and say, "I'll buy THAT"?
I'd say the number is close to Zero.
But these yo-yo-ing prices don't make me want to visit them, either. Now these Hitachi 4Tbs are $299 for the 7200s, and 'only' $269 for the 5400 green intelli-power units. The wholesale prices are still quite low, though, so I'm guessing someone's believing they're running Lucy's Lemonade Stand: "Let's charge a million - we only have to sell ONE!!"
Uh huh... it seems like the same intelligence that believes in Empty Shelves has been running on Empty Brains, too.