Buy RAM now or wait? (Macbook)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lazyboy922, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. lazyboy922 macrumors 6502

    lazyboy922

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    I have done a search, and read other posts, but they didn't really answer my question. I would rather purchase the Macbook C2D through amazon so I don't have to pay tax, but it seems like RAM prices are so high right now, and I can get it through apple cheaper. I can however wait on the RAM if I have to (would like to eventually upgrade to the 2GB. My question is, should I just purchase it through amazon, and buy ram through someone like crucial. Will Ram prices eventually come back down?

    Thanks,

    Don
     
  2. clevin macrumors G3

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    well, depends how long you wanna wait and how cheap you can get from apple, I thought you can found <$200 for 2GB ram at newegg.com ?
     
  3. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    Even though Apple charges tax if you ever have a warranty problem having apple ram in the machine makes it a lot easier. You will find that they will always blame your problem on third part equipment even if it something as simple as RAM.
     
  4. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Historically, RAM prices will come back down. When? How low? Nobody knows.

    RAM pricing for a given type of RAM typically and over the long term follows a "smile" curve. Expensive when first introduced, followed by a rapid drop as competition and supply carch up with demand, a general continuing movement downwards as supply and sales volume reach 'commodity' levels, then a gradual move upwards as the foundries move to new RAM chip types and production capability is scaled back, lastly a sharp increase as production is discontinued and remaining demand outstrips remaining supply (recent examples, EDO and RAMBus).

    The current (since mid-August) upward spike in DDR and DDR2 prices I believe is short term, I don't think we are near the terminal upslope on these. We have seen a bit of easing in the DDR2 pricing in the past week or 2.
     
  5. jessep28 macrumors 6502

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    Exactly.

    Product Life Cycle (same thing he said, only shorter)


    Intro
    Growth
    Maturity
    Decline
     
  6. macg4 macrumors 6502a

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    what are ram prices based on? im guessing supply/demand like everything else
     

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