It looks like they are starting to ship these again. A few other places have received them including Amazon, some Best Buy stores and a few on eBay. The Amazon ad showed not available just last week and the few eBay ads were from individuals selling units they bought before the floods caused production to stop. Over the past several months, I've seen some selling on eBay for more than $200.
The floods in Thailand and Taiwan have caused all HDD prices to skyrocket.
Last summer I bought a 2tb Hitachi drive on Amazon for $69.95 and a 3tb Seagate for $89
after rebate at Newegg. Both of them 7200 rpm with 64mg cache.
After the floods, prices for those drives doubled.
The major manufacturers, Samsung, WD, Seagate, Hitachi, etc said in February that they would be diversifying
production to avoid a disaster in any one country from causing new shortages. Even charging doubled prices did not help their bottom line. Sales of HDD dropped significantly as consumers balked at the higher prices.
I'm glad I waited and I will probably now wait a few months longer before buying any more drives.
If production is ramping up again, prices may start to fall everywhere and if that IS the case,
The MyBook expander for Tivo could be selling for $99 within 2 or 3 months.
TIVO Premiere 2tb
Comcast 500gb DVR
"Panny" BDT310 BluRay
WD TV Live Plus
Wii SoftMod & a Sony PS3
MITS 60"& 82"3D DLP TVs
Sony A/V RCVR
Crappy old Chevy (I spent all my $$ on the other stuff)
Last edited by wardhealer : 05-22-2012 at 03:07 PM.