What Happened To Hard Drive Prices?
If you have shopped for a hard drive in the last year, you have probably noticed a wild fluctuation in prices. What is going on here? Is someone trying to rip us off?
While many of the parts for drives are made around the region, most of the final assembly of hard drives is done in the country of Thailand. Flooding in Thailand prevented much of the factory labor from going to work, and hard drive prices went up accordingly. Many reputable internet hardware vendors such as NewEgg were selling hard drives for twice the cost they were prior to the flood. Computer providers such as Dell were actually shipping computers without hard drives, allowing the consumers to deal with the problem on their own.
Thankfully as of a few months ago, production got back to normal and prices started getting back down to their original value. Most stores now offer hard drives about the same cost they were prior to the flood. But even so, this is a lesson for all of us how a limited supply of a product like computer hard drives can have a worldwide effect on prices at the local level.
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