[mythtv-users] Hard Disk Prices -- What Happened?
linux at thehobsons.co.uk
Sat Nov 5 07:42:41 UTC 2011
match at ece.utah.edu wrote:
>Companies don't warehouse much anymore. They use "just-in-time"
>supply chain methods. No materials come in unless they need them that
>day, and finished product goes out immediately.
>So, if the factory ceases production, availability of the product
>that factory was making stops, like right now.
True, the supply of disks out of the factory door stops immediately,
but how do the drives get from Thailand to Europe ? In big steel
boxes on ships - and they take weeks to arrive. So there are still
container loads of disks on the water.
If nothing else had changed other than the stopping of production
then for a few weeks nothing would have happened to supplies here in
Europe where I am. But the three factors of "panic" buying,
speculative buying, and as someone pointed out, diversion of supplies
to key (big) customers have all conspired to accelerate the clearing
Incidentally, I was told yesterday at work that a project we've been
discussing with a customer won't be affected. They'd been looking to
buy a big storage array of mind boggling size - they deal with lots
of high resolution uncompressed video and can collect a TByte or more
per day and potentially want to keep a couple of years of active
projects on-line. We've been talking with them and <big name disk
manufacturer> about this, and yesterday we got told by the
distributor that <manufacturer> keeps separate stocks for these
projects and there are stocks of disks in a separate warehouse
reserved for this project - plus sufficient spares to deal with
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