There's one backup company named Blackblaze that offers unlimited offsite backups for only $5 a month. This great deal has given them a ton of business but also puts them in a bad place if they can't find hard drives to expand their storage. This company needs an average of 50TB per day of additional capacity to keep their customers happy. During the hard drive shortage they went to Costco and Best Buy to buy their drives because their suppliers were either out or the wholesale prices were rediculously high. The article below details how they had to get creative to avoid the retailer's policies that were meant to prevent big companies from hoarding drives. In this case it was a necessity for the company to buy the drives. What's to stop some company from buying technology like a comodity when prices are low and selling them on eBay or other sources when the world market skyrockets?