Fry's has re-dropped their Hitachi 4Tb drive price back to $249. The biggest news is the small print - now, they have upped the 'allowed purchase' to 2 per person - 2 at a time, that is. Walk out to the car, drop those two off, come back in and get two more, that's fine, too.
This $249 price was offered about 7 or 10 days ago for a few days with an "Only 1 Per Household" limit, then it went up to $299 earlier this week.
I assume about Zero were sold! Good.
These are still $50 too much, and we're predicting these will be in the $170-190 range in a couple of months. Wholesalers are offering boxes (two dozen or three dozen) for about $210/each right now, but those will probably be in the $140 range, giving a barely-decent margin.
I want to see HDD prices plummet because I think this will an interesting counterbalance to the populist movement to pads and tablets, but I'm not certain that HDDs or any local storage will have value once Full Urbanization takes over, and no humans exist outside of a few mega-city-limits. (I'm thinking of FIFTH ELEMENT-BLADE RUNNER city squallor - oooh, yes, we're ALL looking forward to THAT day, eh?)