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Flooding causes spike in HDD prices, Asus might run out this month

By Matthew · 20 replies
Nov 3, 2011
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  1. The catastrophic flooding in Thailand is expected to cause a drastic shortage of hard drives according to researchers at iSuppli. Some 660,000 Thailand residents are reportedly out of work after…

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  2. Nima304

    Nima304 TS Evangelist Posts: 384   +138

    Ugh, this is terrible. I completely sympathize with the folks in Thailand, but I was really looking forward to buying a couple 2TB drives for my computer, which I'm building this month. Guess I'll have to hope that prices go back down by Christmas.

    And to all companies, don't put all your cards on one table. Spread 'em out, lest this happens to you next.
  3. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,493   +1,295

    Well I guess SSD's pricing doesn't look quite as bad now :)
    I noticed the price rise last week. Went to order a WD Black Hard Drive and it was at £80! :(

    I do feel for the country though, I know i wouldn't like a flooding to happen in my area and I feel for all of those affected.
  4. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,376   +72

    Shouldn't put all their eggs in one basketcase. Glad I just built my new pc last month, before noah's ark.
  5. What is it about these companies that makes them think we're so stupid we'll pay quadruple the price just because they're having supply issues? I'm simply not buying another hard drive before the prices are back to normal. Even if I was desperate for a new hard drive, I wouldn't pay 360$ for something that cost me 90$ last month (like my 2TB WDC Green).
  6. Totally agree with the fact im not gona pay more cuz of supply issue.
    I sympathies with the folded people.

    BUT its not like there aren't 2 billions hard drives already built in stores and warehouses! The only thing this could do is get the old stuff off the shelves

    Just my 2 cents

  7. When I read something like "they've raised prices to meet revenue forecasts" this says to me they have raised prices to meet sales figures for scum such as wall st and co.
  8. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 821   +29

    I was going to buy a new 1TB WD Black drive this week but not after I saw the new prices on newegg. Went from $90 to $199 screw that.
  9. I suspect prices will go up even for stuff on the shelf.
    Oil futures change and in less than a day
    gas prices go up. It is not like the gas station just bought more expensive gas.
    It is all about perception of the future, and what corporations can get away with.
  10. Doesn't make sense.
    Samsung 1tb spinpoint drives I bought almost three years ago for $59.99 are now selling for $139.99.
    They were made in China then, and are made in China now.
  11. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TS Evangelist Posts: 857   +127

    It's a conspiracy to drive the SSD market
  12. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    It's all just collateral damage to the entire PC supply chain. I'm glad I've already grabbed a pair of 2-Terabyte WD Caviar Black HDDs a few days after the news of the flooding broke. I might pick a couple of 1-Terabyte external drives too if my budget permits. The latest news is that it will take 9 months for the supply situation to recover from this disaster.

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    If they HAD, Flood Insurance.... Daaa

    The Prices would not be effected...


    See what happens when u do not have, "FLOOD INSURANCE".
  14. dikbozo

    dikbozo TS Booster Posts: 82

    My local shop advised me personally of this about 2 weeks ago. They did not raise prices on in stock items but limited sale to 1 per person with the purchase of at least one major component, (i.e. CPU, GPU, MB, case, RAM) to avoid some people hoarding drives. They ran out about a week ago and now prices have risen to these extortionate levels. I have 3 drives I was going to use in a new build but will be holding off for s few months to see what the effect on CPU prices is. I do expect to see some noticeable drops by then.
  15. dikbozo

    dikbozo TS Booster Posts: 82

    As further to my point above, I I have a stock of some 16 SATA and 6 or so IDE that I use for a variety of long term storage needs. I do wonder how constrained the RMA process will become.
  16. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,401   +627

    Whether or not they had flood insurance does not increase the supply of hard drives. The manufacturing facility is still flooded and the equipment is still damaged and unable to produce any goods.
  17. Wow this news really upsets me more that the 500 people who died in these floods
  18. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,401   +627

    @guest above, TechSpot is a technical website that looks at events from a technical aspect. This is a legitimate topic to examine. While we are not unconcerned about the human toll, that aspect is more than adequately covered by other general mainstream outlets.
  19. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    Anyone care to speculate when prices will go back down? I've been reading that it will take 3-6 months after the flood waters recede to rebuild damaged property. Will it be 6 months before prices come back down? I need 4 non-green 2tb drives now and might have to just pony up...
  20. Good thing I've been hoarding HDD's (internal & external) for about a year now. Every time I see a price drop, I'd grab one. My local Best Buy still has the same prices on most of our HDDs though... Especially externals - portable WD HDD 750GB for $59.99
  21. People will pay, just as last year they were paying 2 and $300.00 for the same drives.
    I build Servers for businesses and I can assure you that a couple of hundred dollar price increase isn't going to keep them from upgrading. They need this stuff. Additionally, if you're a hard core Gamer who spends $500.00 on a video card, I doubt that you're going to scream about having to pay an extra hundred bucks on a new hard Drive

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