Fry's is selling Hitachi 4Tb for $199, matching their lowest-ever price point (from 4 months ago?) And they've hit it a time or two since then, too, but nothing lower, and only for limited time periods.
I'm seeing 2Tb Internals sometimes drop into the $89-99 range, but also for a limited time period.
And the Seagate DM001 3Tb are touching the pre-flood $139 price-point again, sometimes $135. But the time-limits on these reminds me more of children toe-testing water. Dive in, instead.
Give system builders a chance at volume sales instead of these one-sy's and two-sy's. I know we'd push out a hundred RAID5's with four or five 4Tb drives for customers, but even wholesalers are strangleholds on quantities. They actually want to charge us MORE for QTY>10! No thanks. "How about Qty ZERO instead?" is our reply. We don't make our profits on hardware - THEY do.
I guess they're very pleased with their profit levels.
It's almost as if these now-fewer HDD makers are in leaque with download streamers. "We need to push DRM limitations instead of giving consumers a chance to hold greater data for themselves."