The Egg wrote:I don't want to sound like a broken record, but again, how does that hurt the drive manufacturer?
Assuming the following (which are both reasonable assumptions):
1) If the manufacturer makes more money from the sale of an internal drive versus an external drive
2) If the consumer who is unable to cannibalize an external drive would therefore buy an internal one instead
The answer is obvious: They make more money.
The Egg wrote:Mass quantities of their products are being bought off the shelves at retail price.
Which is good, but a higher profit margin is clearly better.
Some Money < More Money.
The Egg wrote: If it's detrimental for a company to sell mass quantities of their product (in ANY part of their lineup) then they're doing something seriously wrong.
You've got it backwards, the point is that they can conceivably make more
The Egg wrote:If anything, even at a slightly reduced price the manufacturer still comes out on top, because they don't have to provide a warranty for large amounts of product.
Without knowing the specific details regarding the profit margins and so forth, we're unable to actually ascertain whether or not they "come out on top." They may indeed be acting foolishly, but since they're the ones who live and die based on such decisions and we're just ignorantly speculating, we have to defer to their judgment as sounder than ours. Especially since, ballparking it, it doesn't look like they're even close to being wrong
Consider: If the price differential is the on the order of ~10 dollars and the product sells for on the order of ~100 dollars, they break even around an RMA rate of ~10%. This of course assumes the price differential is entirely profit margin, but given that external drives presumably cost more
to produce from the added enclosure/electronics, I think that's a fair assumption. I doubt the RMA rate is that high. Hence, your conclusion is likely unwarranted.
The Egg wrote:I guess my underlying point is that spending money to create proprietary connectors is misdirected and asinine. If customers paying full retail price and doing what they please with the product is causing them a problem, then the problem isn't with the customer.
Yeah, but with a sizable economy of sale that additional cost for going proprietary really isn't all that significant. In fact, if you make enough of them, they might even be cheaper because a fully integrated proprietary design without any frills could conceivably cost less.