Well if your buying from a flea market in Northern Alberta Canada, then I believe you, but none of the reputable vendors would be carrying Seagate drives with faulty firmware.
I wish I had newegg here or shipments here, a 800$ worth of newegg desktop costs here about 1000$.
here the major computer promotion is like this: "buy the latest and the best of the best in computers which runs the latest games!" (specs is only intel, it is hard to find AMD diversity here. when to take a look on the specs you find dual core intel with 31 chipset and 667 1G or memory. not to mention a generic psu and the gpu is usualy o/b.
people are falling for this like girls running to puppys.