Optical drives are definitely getting cheaper, but the European Commission have announced that it suspects thirteen manufacturers of being involved in a five year bid rigging cartel in an attempt to keep prices artificially elevated.
According to Reuters, the European Commission suspects thirteen manufacturers to have deliberately coordinated their bids in auctions for contracts with at least two major PC manufacturers. This means that PC prices have been artificially heightened, not extremely high though.
None of the optical drive suppliers have been named, but it could most likely include some of the big names we are familiar with, since there isn't many optical drive manufacturers in total. Could this bring the prices of PCs down? [European Commission via Reuters]