Hard drive price heist!

  
Stores and retailers haven't exactly been left without HDDs to sell, but the fear that shortages will persist throughout 2012 led to price jumps. 
The official rise was 10% on average, but it was obvious enough that some even trippled. Also, Dell and HP haven't exactly painted a pretty picture either (they are the latest to give their opinion on the matter). Some retailers that piled up, fearing that they wouldn't be able to find more drives later, are about to do the opposite starting next month. That should start a sort of domino effect and last through January and February, 2012, finally getting back to their previous level by the end of Q1. Shortages could last longer but weak PC demand will act as a sort of buffer for prices. Nidec, the main provider of HDD motors, was able to restart its Thailand operations quite fast after flooding. This didn't seem to act as enough of a mood lifter before, but companies have been looking to other plans to pick up where Thailand plants left off, so that helps.

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