[QUOTE=tmc8080;2620398]Sounds more like a collusion between the two major HDD companies to keep prices high for 3/4 production quarters than anything else to me… doubling & tripling street prices based on a loss of 4 million drives in Thailand is something along the lines of criminal profiteering and price gouging if not by the companies themselves, by wholesellers and retailers.[/QUOTE]
That’s silly. Selling more units means more profit. The manufacturers had nothing to do with prices going up. Wholesalers have no choice, if the numbers are down the price HAS to go up or they lose money on overhead. Or would you rather see a bunch of people get laid off for 6 months?
The only people really hurt by prices are the ones who buy HDDs in bulk by the dozens, as they have no choice but to pay. But you can rest assured they aren’t paying retail prices.