Well, I’m amazed myself. I opened 10 past topics on this topic of PUTs and re-read most of them just to make sure it was mentioned before (and it was), but I just didn’t read it that way. Like those native American’s who couldn’t see the Columbus’s ship.
I will do the same and I already run some (non-storage-related) services in similar fashion.
What do you think about this scenario: you buy a 4TB HDD, need 2 in Year 1, so you donate 2TB to the network first. Then a year later you can buy a new disk, or remove some data. What do you do?
I think this is another scenario where running several instances would help because you could gradually wind them down, freeing capacity as you need it. It doesn’t really make sense to copy vaults around when the network fixes itself and it’s not seen as additional cost.
That’s what I’m concerned about - if the price jumps, it jumps for customers, as well as existing and future farmers. Would someone say “I’ll spend $150 for a new 5TB disk because the price went up 20%” when they won’t get any Safecoin until who knows when? Do we know it won’t be better to recycle an existing vault and kill off inactive data?
If the main motive to farm is altruism (as many here stated, myself included), the elasticity of supply may not be sufficient.