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

James Hall Hall.JamesR at gmail.com
Sun Nov 27 15:53:03 UTC 2011

Do you do any work where you handle hundreds of hard drives on a regular
basis? There's got to be a lot of demand for it from computer
manufacturers. Not to mention any decently big corporation with hundreds,
or thousands of computers. For most of us, we have no real consistent
demand. I haven't even bought a hard drive in 2 years, if not longer. But
for some businesses, they have to buy at least 1 for every computer they
build or else they have to deal with drives dying all the time and needing
replaced. Given a large enough sample size, that's to be expected.

Even if the original sellers don't raise prices on the drive, there's
absolutely nothing to stop enterprising people from buying up as many
drives as they can before the original stock runs out and then selling them
on markets such as Ebay for outrageous prices. Meanwhile, people who would
prefer to buy from respectable dealers, even at higher prices, lose out.

Now, if there wasn't so much demand for the drives, or there was more than
enough supply that flooding in Thailand would have no effect at all and the
prices shot up anyways.. then people crying price gouging would have a

On Sun, Nov 27, 2011 at 10:09 AM, jedi <jedi at mishnet.org> wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 09:57:20AM +0100, Jos Hoekstra wrote:
> > Op 26-11-2011 3:30, Brian J. Murrell schreef:
> > > On 11-11-03 03:23 PM, Brian J. Murrell wrote:
> > >> On Thu, 2011-11-03 at 15:18 -0400, George Galt wrote:
> > >>>   Does anyone have any information on the change?
> > >> Somebody's cashing in on the tragedy in Thailand.
> > > Sometimes I hate it when I'm right:
> > >
> > >
> http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/11/11/25/224222/hard-drive-prices-up-150-in-less-than-two-months
> > >
> > > "there are concerns of artificial price fixing and suspicion that
> > > retailers or members of the supply channel are taking advantage of the
> > > situation."
> > >
> > > Shocking.  Simply shocking I say.
> > >
> > > Seriously though.  It's pretty sad to see people/companies cashing in
> > > on the devastation those poor Thai people are going through.
> > >
> > > b.
> > >
> > I don't see any tangible proof that somebody's cashing in, the article
> > just talks about some gut-feeling.
> > Off course prices are rising if there's only roughly 50% production of
> > HDD-parts left, that's economics, if I sell an article to a costumer and
>     Prices should only rise that high and that fast if demand is seriously
> inelastic and I don't think that's the case. Intuitively percieving this
> is what I think is making some people suspicious.
> > I need to restock it for a higher price I'm going to let that be known
> > in the price. There's simply (going to be) a shortage and econ101
> > dictates that prices rise.
> >
> > Don't expect low prices anytime before H2-2012, that's when production
> > might be up to normal levels and catching up on demand.
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