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

Simon Hobson linux at thehobsons.co.uk
Thu Nov 3 19:43:48 UTC 2011

Tim Draper wrote:
>im wondering just how much stock is actually damaged.

It's not stock that's damaged - if it were then no problem - things 
would be back to normal fairly soon.

These are factories that are flooded - so not actually making drives 
now. Even when the water goes down, they will not be making drives 
for a long time - it's not a matter of going in with a towel and 
drying stuff out, a lot of stuff will be damaged beyond repair.

Walls, floors, furniture, machinery, etc, etc will all be completely 
saturated with foul water (don't forget there will be a lot of sewage 
in that water). Any electrics affected will most likely have to be 
ripped out and replaced, and machinery will be a complete write-off.

But it's interesting to see how quickly supplies dried up. This 
wasn't caused by the loss of manufacturing, it was caused by 
speculative or panic buying. These things are shipped over in bulk by 
sea - and that takes several weeks so there **will** still be stock 
arriving. It's all the people buying drives that they wouldn't have 
otherwise bought (some for speculation, some to cover planned or 
potential future needs) that have "stripped the shelves bare".

Simon Hobson

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