Originally Posted by AndreiD
Here in Sweden prices are almost back to pre flood level.
I don't care how close it is to pre-flood levels; it's still not AT pre-flood levels. And this is technology we're talking about -- I don't expect to pay more for any piece of technology, let alone 2 fucking years later (after it was sold for a lot less), just because two asshole companies have made a monopoly out of the market by buying out every single competitor and building their manufacturing plants in locations that are likely to flood, to use this as an excuse to charge the dumb average consumer a lot more money for the company's own mistake.
Therefore I will not buy their shitty hard drives. The same way I wouldn't buy Intel processors if they did a similar thing and built their manufacturing plants in Antarctica, and then doubled the prices of their products because the iceberg they were floating on melted and they needed a new fab plant.
I will buy 10x SSDs at reduced prices before I ever buy a hard drive that's priced ABOVE its old sale price.
And storage technology has moved on far further than it ever did. Flash prices have hit rock bottom and universities are at a breakthrough point in being about to make storage devices with hundreds of terabytes of storage possible with DNA sequencing -- in 5 years time, I expect hard drives to follow the way of the floppy disks, as well as the companies producing them (Seagate and WD) going out of business.