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  posted on 11/15/2011 at 04:15 PM
Then don't wait too long.
With the flood in Thailand destroying almost 80%of the world production of computer hard drives and a smaller percentage of other computer components, computer prices are going to go up, not down during the Christmas season.
Already, prices on hard drives alone have doubled, and tripled in some cases, to what they were a week ago as the supply starts to dwindle.
Photos of the region show some manufacturing facilities completely under water. The Western Digital plant fared better, it only has about 6-8 feet of water inside the plant.
Estimates are now being stated that the facilities may not be able to get production started again until June of 2012.

Manufactures of computers don't keep a large backlog of hard drives in stock, just enough to cover the lot of computers presently being assembled plus a small number for "unexpected problems" to cover customer service.

So don't be too surprised that when you go to get that cheap laptop you saw in the sales paper, there's a disclaimer in the window explaining the shortage of computers.

 

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  posted on 11/15/2011 at 05:31 PM
ouch they are truly in said shape oover there

 

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  posted on 11/15/2011 at 06:48 PM
Thanks for the info Jerry. I have my eye on an ASUS G53SX-XT1, ( i think) I7 Quad core laptop at Best Buy, but was holding out because I thought it was a bit overpriced. Was hoping the price would come down.
Might have to snag it before xmass.





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  posted on 11/16/2011 at 07:52 AM
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ouch they are truly in said shape oover there [/quote

Over there? What about over here? Ouch ouch ouch.

 

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  posted on 11/16/2011 at 12:43 PM
Maybe they can start making some over here.

 

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  posted on 11/16/2011 at 12:49 PM
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Maybe they can start making some over here.

that would be nice

 

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  posted on 11/16/2011 at 01:02 PM
I neeed a second one badly along with sum external harddrives

 

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  posted on 11/16/2011 at 04:44 PM
Already some stores aren't honoring sales prices on hard drives, so it looks like it'll get worse before it gets better.
Latest word is that the computers advertised for Black Friday were already in the supply chain, so they should be honored, but I doubt if any of the hard drives advertised will be available.
I know that the OEMs will make the computers for their contracts already in place, but that means fewer are available for the home computer market.

As for making them here, well, the reason the factories were made in the flood prone area was "cheap labor, cheaper land" syndrome. It was so cheap to build the factories there that threat of flooding didn't even enter the equation. Plus, it would be at least two years before the first product would come out of any factory built in the US.
A good idea, but remember that large companies are now run more by the accountants than by the engineers. Kinda sad----

Well now for a word of caution: If you see a hard drive offer that looks incredible (lower prices than before the flood) be afraid, be very afraid of ordering it.
They probably have the boxes for the new drives, but stuff old drives in the boxes. So watch for the offers, but don't jump unless it's a trusted vendor.

 

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  posted on 11/16/2011 at 06:10 PM
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Over there? What about over here? Ouch ouch ouch.


damn child labor laws in the way

 

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  posted on 11/16/2011 at 09:03 PM
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Already some stores aren't honoring sales prices on hard drives, so it looks like it'll get worse before it gets better.
Latest word is that the computers advertised for Black Friday were already in the supply chain, so they should be honored, but I doubt if any of the hard drives advertised will be available.
I know that the OEMs will make the computers for their contracts already in place, but that means fewer are available for the home computer market.

As for making them here, well, the reason the factories were made in the flood prone area was "cheap labor, cheaper land" syndrome. It was so cheap to build the factories there that threat of flooding didn't even enter the equation. Plus, it would be at least two years before the first product would come out of any factory built in the US.
A good idea, but remember that large companies are now run more by the accountants than by the engineers. Kinda sad----

Well now for a word of caution: If you see a hard drive offer that looks incredible (lower prices than before the flood) be afraid, be very afraid of ordering it.
They probably have the boxes for the new drives, but stuff old drives in the boxes. So watch for the offers, but don't jump unless it's a trusted vendor.


i was wondering if the the would try salling the damaged ones

 

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