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HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: davester
Date: April 04, 2008 04:07PM
I just (two weeks ago) upgraded my laptop HD to a 250 GB WD from OWC, shortly after a mild price drop for HDs. I just checked their site again and the price is now $30 cheaper than what I paid just a couple of weeks ago. These prices are simply plummeting (same for flash memory). I'm wondering if OWC has any sort of price protection for this. Does anybody know?



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 04, 2008 04:35PM
was that ATA/IDE or SATA? I have an 160 GB ATA/IDE HD waiting to be installed in the trusty PB G4 (to replace the OEM 80 GB) and if I go though the exercise, maybe I should shoot for a 250 GB? Not sure what I am gonna put there though... maybe porn (don't tell my wife! LOL)
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Re: HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: davester
Date: April 04, 2008 04:47PM
Mine is an ATA/IDE in a PB G4. Check out the OWC prices now. It's hardly worth it to get anything less than a 250, and definitely nothing less than a 160.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 04, 2008 04:57PM
I already have a 160 GB Seagate ATA that I got for 28 bucks (new sealed from Best Buy). Not sure if I want to upgrade to 250. Unless I can find a 250 for a similar price (40 bucks)
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Re: HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: davester
Date: April 04, 2008 05:00PM
Why don't I ever find deals like that? The only ones I ever find are Dell deals that subsequently get cancelled (although I did get in on that m$ office BFD deal.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: Black Landlord
Date: April 04, 2008 06:06PM
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space-time
I already have a 160 GB Seagate ATA that I got for 28 bucks (new sealed from Best Buy). Not sure if I want to upgrade to 250. Unless I can find a 250 for a similar price (40 bucks)

By the time you install it it may actually be worth $28.
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Posted by: space-time
Date: April 04, 2008 06:11PM
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Black Landlord
By the time you install it it may actually be worth $28.

which is fine with me
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Posted by: Black Landlord
Date: April 04, 2008 06:41PM
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space-time
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Black Landlord
By the time you install it it may actually be worth $28.

which is fine with me

Your answer-- put the thing in there now and stop obsessing.
You're dangerous with a credit card.
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Posted by: space-time
Date: April 04, 2008 07:35PM
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Black Landlord
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You're dangerous with a credit card.

LOL!!! If that were true, I would not be looking at this nice 401k and RothIRA accounts, and a few other investments, and be debt free at the same time smiling smiley
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Re: HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: guitarist
Date: April 04, 2008 08:53PM
$30 cheaper constitutes a "freefall'?

Chicken Little?
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Re: HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: Black Landlord
Date: April 05, 2008 01:08AM
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guitarist
$30 cheaper constitutes a "freefall'?

Chicken Little?

Er, call it an unspoken forum rule, but we don't criticize davester, it just doesn't lead to anything good :-)
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Re: HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: davester
Date: April 05, 2008 09:32AM
To make Black Landlord happy...

$30 drop = 20% drop only 2 weeks after the last price drop. Yes, I'd call that freefall. Also, chicken little is an inappropriate analogy since falling prices are a good thing. Capish?



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: guitarist
Date: April 05, 2008 10:26AM
20% a might suggest a freefall if it's falling freely, continuing to decline at the same pace week after week. Though spinning, spiraling toward the ground are optional phrases to include if we look next week and see falling prices have continued uninterrupted, then it's a freefall. Then we can only hope the parachutes open.

The chicken little analogy was meant with humor, but whether it's a good thing or not depends on where you stand. If you're looking to purchase, it's good news. If you've already purchased, it's bad news, confronting buyer's remorse. I just spent a bunch of $ on HDs, so I'm invested in prices not falling TOO fast, myself.
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Re: HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: sekker
Date: April 05, 2008 11:37AM
hard drive prices ARE falling right now. 500GB hard drives are now below $95.

Not sure how long this will last.
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Re: HD prices in freefall...OWC price protection?
Posted by: Will Collier
Date: April 05, 2008 01:30PM
It's about time. 500GB drives have been stuck around $100 for nearly a year now.
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