Powerbook Ram, Crazy Pricing?

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  1. Shortsord macrumors member

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    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.
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    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.
     
  3. Shortsord thread starter macrumors member

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    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.
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Here is an article from April. Here is a blurb from about three weeks ago. Here is one from yesterday.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    That explains a lot. Thanks!
     
  6. meepm00pmeep macrumors 6502

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    my nearest Apple store wants $200 for 1GB SODIMM for MBP's (installation included) ouch!
     
  7. Shortsord thread starter macrumors member

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    Great! Thanks a lot, that's exceedingly helpful.
     
  8. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    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.)
     
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  10. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    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.
     

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