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Hard Drive Deals from the Black Friday Ads Fail to Impress

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By , dealnews Features Director

Hard drives are perhaps not the sexiest shopping category during the Black Friday sales, so it's no wonder media outlets have largely ignored these advertised offers. But because we're nerds at dealnews, we're pretty excited for Black Friday deals on hard drives. Unfortunately though, a close inspection of the current ads tells a somewhat sorry story for deals — so far.

No store has advertised anything remotely close to our price predictions for hard drives, which was $39 for a 1TB external HDD and $49 for a 2TB external HDD. And even though the floods in Thailand last month might have some effect on the willingness of stores to offer promotions on a product that may see future shortages, we're still convinced we'll see better deals come Black Friday. However, judging from these in-store ads, those deals are more likely to be online. Here's a rundown of the ads so far:

We're constantly unearthing more ads, so be sure to keep an eye on our Black Friday ad page for additional rumored and confirmed hard drive deals.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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2 comments
MadDude
Like MacPro said don't expect anything too great this year...remember 40% of all hard drives are manufactured in thailand the fact that they are shipped on containers would also make it too late for alot of these to make it to the USA by the Holiday times even if production is back up....If they air freight them in the cost will naturally be higher as well...
MacProCT
"...we're still convinced we'll see better deals come Black Friday..."

I'm not.

It has been my perception that, since Thailand's natural disaster, there have been considerable fewer hard drive sale prices that have prompted a "wow" response.  It's only logical to consider this to be related to the impact on drive factories in that country.

Therefore, I feel that — in the near-term — the storage industry won't be offering substantial sales promotions.
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