HDD revenue to fall 11.8% in 2013, WD may bump Seagate for top spot

By Rick
Feb 5, 2013
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  1. Industry analyst IHS iSuppli expects revenue generated by sales of mechanical hard drives to slip by 11.8 percent during 2013. HDD sales in 2012 grossed a healthy $37.1 billion during 2012, but a speculative 11.8 percent drop could whittle that...

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  2. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 794   +87

    The government must be done building their super computers with a MILLION terabytes of storage, like the recently declassified "Argus" drone. Which records an entire city from the sky. Check out PBS documentary online called "Rise of the Drones" to see it in action.

    Anyway, you take a million TB off the market for a single computer, the price is going up. The Thai flood probably had less impact on HDD prices than the US gov't.
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  3. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,130   +188

    Imo, the thai flood is just an excuse for the retailers to raise prices.
    before the floods, 250gb and 320gb were no longer sold.
    but due to "shortages", 250gb and 320gb suddenly became available.

    fortunately and too much time late :), some local retailers nearby have began to sell 1tb hdds again at about 30-40% more than pre-flood prices.
    3tb hdds are sold at about the same as pre-flood prices ($/gb ratio)
    500gb hdds are still sold at the price of 1tb hdds pre-flood.
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  4. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 5,913   +1,705

    Will that teach 'em to keep prices artificially high? Probably not, they rode the crest of the wave (pun intended) while it was there. A lot of them profited from some poor sod's misfortune.
  5. avoidz

    avoidz TS Maniac Posts: 455   +54

    Obviously, they are still ripping us off for hard drives. The floods were a great business opportunity to reap more profits. Pretty sickening when you think about it.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 5,913   +1,705

    It's human nature after all. But what they all seem to forget is that without the consumer they don't have a business. It's a catch 22 situation because consumer needs hard drives & they need to show a profit. Obviously they're in business to make money, but hey... I'll bet if we were allowed to attend one of their financial meetings they'd be sitting around the boardroom table wearing ski masks and AK 47's in front of them.

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