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Monday, 16 January 2012 11:16

Hard drive price hike continues in Europe

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Supply chain issues persist


Last year Thailand experienced the worst floods in the country’s modern history and the disaster quickly reflected on HDD supply chains. Western Digital and Toshiba were forced to halt production in their Thai plants and within weeks we saw the shortage push prices up dramatically.

Analysts predicted that the floods would create a protracted shortage caused by supply chain disruptions that will drag on well into 2012, while some OEMs believed the issue could be resolved as soon as January. Sadly, the analysts were spot on.

A quick check of 3.5-inch hard drive prices in Europe reveals that they are not going down at all, let alone coming back to pre-flood levels.  The floods started in July and quickly started to affect prices, which spiked from about €25 per GB in retail, to almost €40 by October. We checked the price histories for three top selling 2TB drives from WD, Samsung and Seagate and they all told the same story. In fact, some retailers seem to be increasing prices even further, so 2TB drives still cost well over €80 in most markets, while some high-end models retail for €100+. This is a far cry from €49 bargains we saw in the first half of 2011.

Of course, the same applies to 2.5-inch drives, as well as all shapes and sizes of external drives. Enterprise drives, SAS and SCSI units do not seem to be as effected, but their share in the retail market is insignificant, as it is geared towards home and small business users.

The supply chains should stabilize by the end of the quarter, but now is probably a good a time as any to pick up an SSD instead.

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0 #1 thematrix606 2012-01-16 11:49
Come on "Peter" do some more research for a news article, allow me to show you the graph below (bottom of the page) this is in the Netherlands:

http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/283950/western-digital-caviar-green-wd20earx-2tb.html

They ARE going down, just very slowly.
 
 
-1 #2 Exodite 2012-01-16 12:17
Quoting thematrix606:
They ARE going down, just very slowly.



That means nothing when applied across Europe in general though.

The prices certainly are moving anywhere but up over here.
 
 
-2 #3 nele 2012-01-16 14:44
Quoting thematrix606:
Come on "Peter" do some more research for a news article, allow me to show you the graph below (bottom of the page) this is in the Netherlands:

http://tweakers.net/pricewatch/283950/western-digital-caviar-green-wd20earx-2tb.html

They ARE going down, just very slowly.


The prices have been pretty much flat for a couple of months, not just in Europe, but everywhere...

A couple of percent up or down don't really amount to much when the prices are still almost 100% percent higher than 6 months ago. So yes, they might be going down... But just 2-3% a month isn't something to be happy about.
 
 
-1 #4 thematrix606 2012-01-16 14:49
Quoting nele:
So yes, they might be going down... But just 2-3% a month isn't something to be happy about.


If you look at the graph in my link, it shows the HDDs being around 65 in September, then around 200 in around mid November. Now it is at 115, while yes they are double, it is NOT decreasing at 2-3% per month but WAY faster, unless you meant 20-30% per month, because that is more accurate.
 

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