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Buying Laptop: will HardDrive shortage up prices soon?


bazbazbaz

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Was going to buy a laptop for dad's birthday in the new year, should I be thinking about getting it sooner with the price of hard drives going up? I don't know what kind of stock Currys/PC World/etc carry and how soon it will affect prices, TIA.

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wee eddie

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alan14: I'm not entirely sure what's evil about doing that. It sounds like a totally normal business practise for a Wholesaler

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interzone55

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wee eddie

Nope.

I work for a wholesaler, and we, like many others in the business, couldn't get drives for love nor money for a few days because they'd been bought by people outside of the industry, then released gradually back to market, that's not wholesale, it's crime

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xania

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I ordered a 1Tb drive from Amazon in August for £54 - by the time they'd decided they were out of stock the price had doubled! I'm certainly waiting until the new year at least before re-ordering.

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wee eddie

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alan14: All that means is that your Buyers were slow off the mark, when they failed to recognise the possible effect of the flooding.

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interzone55

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wee eddie

We didn't get chance.

Prices were driven up completely unnecessarily by speculators, who are becoming a serious problem in many markets.

Last year everyone's supermarket bill rose considerably because speculators drove the price of wheat artificially high, they also cause big spikes in the price of oil.

They order hundreds of gig tickets they don't want, simply to dump on the secondary market and make real fans pay well over the odds.

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