There are multiple sides to this coin (3) the edge btw the two sides shows this to be a fine line between making an honest buck and profiteering.. and the Tech industry is no position to be arrogant with their pricing for too long. Tech is not an essential to daily living-- food, shelter, basic necessities (ie toilet paper), transportation are.
A shot of good news is there is going to be a predictor of 2013 street pricing since one B&M is going to have a 2tb external drive for $65, come this Black Friday. We can possibly assume that all other prices will adjust within 10% of this come 2013.
1tb drives $50, 2tb, $65, 3tb 79, 4tb, $99. Then long time coming HAMR drives or SSD hybrids.. I'm thinking they might find a way to include the SSD portion as part of a single partition and "RESERVE" it for operating system files with special software/firmware-- this kind of drive would be much more attractive to me than a separate logical drive which could run out space on an O/S drive.