Thank you Supply-and-Demand Economics! We now have an HDD Sale!
Retail channels from Taiwan will slash about 10% at the end of April to adjust inventories and promotes sales. A 3.5 inch 500 GB model went from NT$2,200 (US$75) to below NT$2,000, according to industry sources.
Industry sources note the very large supply of HDDs in the global market. Supply of HDDs in third-quarter 2011 was 170-180 million units and from the current market conditions, supply in second-quarter 2012 is expected to reach 140-150 million units.
The supply for third quarter of 2012 will likely return to 170-180 million units.
The prices are predicted to return to normal with the launch of Intel’s new platform and Microsoft’s Windows 8 in October. At this point, buyers are expected to switch to new models.
HDD firms have been conservative about the outlook of the PC market in 2012 because of the debt problems in Europe and the US.
But as trends have proved, the second half of the year is always better than the first. But PC marketers are still doubtful because of the impact of tablet PC in the PC buyer market.
As for now, go and load yourselves with HDDs like a crazy shopaholic on a shoe sale!