"However, Verbatim, a UK manufacturer which makes more than a quarter of the floppies sold in the UK, says it sells hundreds of thousands of them a month. It sells millions more in Europe."
"Yet what was Sony's best-selling peripheral for its computers in recent years? The 3.5-inch floppy disk drive that connects via a USB cable."
" ...the number of floppies - something like a million a month - that are being consumed in the UK alone."
I have many FDs kicking around from the old days - probably somewhere between 150 and 200. We secretaries used them all the time at work - so convenient for popping your day's Word documents on.
What always amuses me is when some integral feature is deemed no longer necessary and removed ("no call for them these days, madam"), the next thing you know they appear as optional plug-in accessories at about three times the cost.
Or they are never there in the first place. Most digital SLRs as sold have no protection whatsoever for the LCDs on the camera back. So off we go and spend £25 on a Delkin cover so our zips, buttons, belt buckles, etc don't reduce this delicate item to something resembling a skating rink.