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WD Elements 8TB USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive Black for $129.99 + FS

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Is this a nice deal??
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Is this a nice deal??
i mean yea, seeing how storage price/gb has kinda leveled off the last couple years.

im still kinda bumbed though, i thought by 2020 we would have 100TB for $100
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Shuckable?
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Shuckable?
Yes, I heard that it's very easy to schuck
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Yes, I heard that it's very easy to schuck
What's typically inside?
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Shuckable?
Of course, Grasshopper
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What's typically inside?
Sadly, long gone are the 256mb Red good 'ol days.
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8tb@120 is my preferred price point, but this isn't bad for anyone preferring a drive now vs later
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Not a good deal. I ordered a 12 tb wd elements back in 2019 for $175.49. Then again, I haven't kept up with hard drive prices during covid times.
I've seen numerous statements that $15/tb is the desired price point in recent months. There hasn't been many SD deals at that price in the last year- a few but still pretty rare to see $15 per terabyte.
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I've seen numerous statements that $15/tb is the desired price point in recent months. There hasn't been many SD deals at that price in the last year- a few but still pretty rare to see $15 per terabyte.
Well... a few things to consider:

We're still in times of Covid (and it may go longer than we'd like worldwide) and it does affect production lines. Usually drives the price up some.

These are not HGST Helium drives anymore. Usually stabilizes or drives the price a little lower.

Technology has advanced to the point that manufacturing these have a lower and lower failure rate and may require fewer platters and less hardware. Usually drives the price down a little lower.

A ton of people get stimulus checks which is like the governments of the world just printing money making currency worth... less - because they're printing/adding more currency thatn they're removing. Tends to drive the price up some.​

So, while I'll never consider myself an expert but have a general understanding of economics, this is basically what these will cost for a while. Maybe a little better deal if nothing else rotten happens to the world around Black Friday... or maybe we all get cost of living raises and these prices are less of a problem.
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Quote from NervousLake876 :
Well... a few things to consider:

We're still in times of Covid (and it may go longer than we'd like worldwide) and it does affect production lines. Usually drives the price up some.

These are not HGST Helium drives anymore. Usually stabilizes or drives the price a little lower.

Technology has advanced to the point that manufacturing these have a lower and lower failure rate and may require fewer platters and less hardware. Usually drives the price down a little lower.

A ton of people get stimulus checks which is like the governments of the world just printing money making currency worth... less - because they're printing/adding more currency thatn they're removing. Tends to drive the price up some.​

So, while I'll never consider myself an expert but have a general understanding of economics, this is basically what these will cost for a while. Maybe a little better deal if nothing else rotten happens to the world around Black Friday... or maybe we all get cost of living raises and these prices are less of a problem.
There's also the fact of SSD's eating up the market. If you remember the old saying "we'll make it up on volume", spinning rust is eventually going to get hit by the opposite effect, much like what's happening to the camera market: when you're losing volume, you need to make more profit *per unit* in order to stay in operation.

You can

1. raise prices
2. cut costs
3. focus on strengths at the expense of sales points you can't compete on anymore
4. shift to markets where clientele aren't as price sensitive and margins are fatter.

1 is why prices have stopped dropping.

2 is why they tried to sneak SMR in.

3 is another reason why SMR is coming - HD's can't compete on performance vs SSD's, so SMR's performance-for-capacity tradeoff makes more sense

4 means a greater focus on enterprise/datacenter.

For platter drives, 1 and 2 are what we're seeing the most, 3 is likely.

4 might be happening, I don't know. That one is much more visible in digital cameras - smartphones have wiped out the consumer section, so Canon, Nikon, Panasonic etc. are moving upmarket, where high-budget professionals and amateurs with $ still like to spend $$$$.
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Not a great price, but ok if you need storage space.
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Anyone know what's inside these drives? I'd like to shuck it and install a HDD in my gaming desktop to supplement my 1tb SSD.
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