I KNOW that drives don't take that long to go from the factory to my hands.
I've bought drives many times that show mfg dates less than three weeks past.
Not too long ago I bought a 320gb IDE notebook drivce for a customer and it was less than a month old, I was suprised that it was actually still in production rather than older inventoried stock...
The record was on a 500gb Scorpio black Notebook hard drive that I had shipped from newegg and I was cloning my notebook OS onto NINE
days after the labeled mfg'ed "born on" date.
at the time I was very impressed with that short time span so I remember it.
Remember that that date included the shipping time to me from Newegg, so I presume air freight (rather than "slow boat from Thailand") was involved.
My point is that MSRP prices from the mfg's have merely doubled, retailer prices whench were ALWAYS lower than MSRP are now triple what they were?
Frankly why isn't everyone FURIOUS over this?
I know why I'm furious, I have no work.
I fix computers, most of the computer I fix NEED new HDDs
with prices as they are it is simply financially impractical for people
to have me do what I do.
When I could throw a $50 HDD and three hours of labor reinstalling
their OS & drivers at a computer to fix it it is not so bad, but these
drive price increases have more than doubled what it costs to fix
People will usually accept a <$200 repair bill when replacement cost is $700.
But when the bill jumps to $350 they balk, and I cannot blame them,
but there is this thing called food, I need it to live. and these price gougers are quite literally
taking food out of my mouth....or atleast forcing me to drink cola rather than $20/lb coffee
from Sumatra to wash down my $5 a bar swiss chocolate.