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Shortsord
Sep 21, 2006, 03:45 PM
I delayed big time buying the proper amount of ram for my powerbook, and am now suffering the consequences.

Now, when I looked at prices for ram, this is the very latest of the powerbooks pc2-4200, I saw that they were a heck of a lot higher than they were when I checked at the beginning of summer. Worse, I waited a week, and they went up from $115(at the beginning of summer they were $95) to $135 for a gig stick!(dms prices)

My big question is, will these prices go down after a while in a normal fluctuation, or or should I bite and buy now before they go even higher?

Is this normal?

Thanks.



WildCowboy
Sep 21, 2006, 03:50 PM
There have been a few threads on this recently. Basically, PC users are buying RAM like crazy in order to gear up for the release of RAM-hungry Vista, thus creating a shortage. Analysts expect RAM prices to remain high until at least Christmas, at which point they believe supply and demand will come back into balance.

Shortsord
Sep 21, 2006, 07:02 PM
Fascinating. Is there a link you could point me to by any chance, I'd like to read more.

I guess my choice is either to get it over with or wait longer than I can afford to. Oh boy.

Thanks for your help.

WildCowboy
Sep 21, 2006, 07:10 PM
Here (http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060418-6619.html) is an article from April. Here (http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/08/29/ddr_memory_price_trends/) is a blurb from about three weeks ago. Here (http://www.digitimes.com/bits_chips/a20060920A5019.html) is one from yesterday.

Eidorian
Sep 21, 2006, 07:17 PM
Here (http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060418-6619.html) is an article from April. Here (http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/08/29/ddr_memory_price_trends/) is a blurb from about three weeks ago. Here (http://www.digitimes.com/bits_chips/a20060920A5019.html) is one from yesterday.That explains a lot. Thanks!

meepm00pmeep
Sep 21, 2006, 07:22 PM
my nearest Apple store wants $200 for 1GB SODIMM for MBP's (installation included) ouch!

Shortsord
Sep 21, 2006, 07:25 PM
Here (http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20060418-6619.html) is an article from April. Here (http://www.tgdaily.com/2006/08/29/ddr_memory_price_trends/) is a blurb from about three weeks ago. Here (http://www.digitimes.com/bits_chips/a20060920A5019.html) is one from yesterday.

Great! Thanks a lot, that's exceedingly helpful.

WildCowboy
Sep 21, 2006, 07:26 PM
my nearest Apple store wants $200 for 1GB SODIMM for MBP's (installation included) ouch!

Which is why you shouldn't buy RAM from Apple and you shouldn't have them install it. That said, it's less of a bad deal than it used to be, as I don't think Apple has bumped their RAM prices as everybody else's prices have gone up. (I could be wrong though...feel free to correct me on that.)

Eidorian
Sep 21, 2006, 09:57 PM
$79 for a 1 GB SO-DIMM back in August. :rolleyes:

FFTT
Sep 21, 2006, 10:11 PM
RAM is a commodity and these prices are most definitely reflecting supply and demand and what the market will bear.

Notebook DIMMS are in especially high demand.

Be careful about " bargain " pricing though.

I would always insist on buying RAM guaranteed to comply with Apple's specifications with a lifetime guarantee.