[mythtv-users] Hard Disk Prices -- What Happened?

Simon Hobson linux at thehobsons.co.uk
Thu Nov 3 18:38:39 UTC 2011

Brian J. Murrell wrote:

>  >  Does anyone have any information on the change?

>Somebody's cashing in on the tragedy in Thailand.

Not sure it's all people cashing in (though I'm sure some are), I 
suspect there's an element of panic buying. It's the same when the TV 
news reports that <insert disaster> is going to cause acute shortages 
of <something> - and they urge people not to panic buy. You can 
guarantee that the next news bulletin will  show images of 
shops/supermarket shelves stripped bare by panic buying.

Anyone knowing that they'd be wanting drives in the near future has 
probably snapped up what they think they'll need trying to beat the 
price hikes.

My personal feeling is that we'll see the prices rise some more, and 
then when things have settled down a bit (ie the panic buying is 
done, and the speculators have decided they won't make any more 
profit) they'll drop a bit but stay considerably higher than they 
were until supplies catch up.

For some other articles :


And this one shows just how bad the flooding is - there's a photo of 
Canon's factory

I can't help thinking that "quite a few" senior managers are going to 
be reconsidering the wisdom of so many tech industry players building 
their factories on a flood plain :-/

As it happens, I'd just bought a new drive for my laptop before the 
news broke :-)

On the downside, several customers at work have been talking to us 
about server and/or storage projects. I don't think they'll be happy 
about the price rises and it's possible that the projects will get 
delayed or cancelled.

Simon Hobson

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