$750 memory upgrade?

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  1. Nereo macrumors newbie

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    Just a bit curious about what seems like obvious price gouging... Apple wants $750 to upgrade from 2GB to 4GB of memory.... when you can find 4Gb kits for under $300 all over the place? AND they keep the 2x1GB chips?

    what's the deal? are they charging $450 for the labor? figuring a 15 minute procedure, that would be $1800/hour.

    thoughts?
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    Apple overcharges because some people will pay it. Just buy the RAM from a 3rd party.
     
  3. sfisher macrumors regular

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  4. Nereo thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    it really doesn't help that apple's pricing on ram is static while ram prices in the rest of the market continue to drop. bto ram from apple is never a good idea, as you can never return a bto mac, even within the first 14 days.

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    the only saving grace about the macbook pro is that 2 gb of ram is plenty for most people. i'm wondering, though, how many people actually upgrade ram through apple.
     
  6. rhagen macrumors regular

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    You can even get 4gig kits for around 200 dollars now. There are always people who think they know nothing about computers and will just shell out the money for apple ram.
     
  7. Sbrocket macrumors 65816

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    The problem is that Apple secures a deal with whatever company is providing the RAM for the new MacBook Pros months before they are shipped or even being built, so the pricing on the RAM is months old once the release date actually rolls around. RAM prices are constantly dropping, and I think that you would see much less disparity if you looked back in time to the price of 2x2GB PC2-5300 SO-DIMMs at the beginning of this year.

    Obviously the best choice is to get current RAM prices and put it in yourself, it's not difficult.
     
  8. Nereo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    where are you finding 4gb kits for at/under $200? the best I've done is $249
     
  9. BlueArctos macrumors member

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    Designing, building, and programming computers has been my life for the better part of a decade, but when I ordered my MBP online, I opted for the 4 GB pre-installed.

    Almost every PC manufacturer out there charges a premium equivalent to or greater than Apple when it comes to RAM upgrades.

    Why did I do it?
    1.) I'm paranoid from past experience - God forbid anything go wrong with the machine (now or 2 years from now). It'll all be on Apple's dime, and there's no way they can even attempt to accuse me of causing the issue. If that RAM fails, it fails royally. I am aware that upgrading RAM does not void the warranty - it can however give tech support something to whine about.
    2.) I've never owned a Mac before, and I decided to give the company the benefit of my uninhibited consumer desire.
    3.) I had the extra cash on hand.

    Under any other circumstances, I'd have purchased the RAM after-market like everyone else.
     
  10. Jamiephofe macrumors member

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    Couldn't the same be said about their aging hardware which stays at the original rrp until the day before a new release?
     
  11. rhagen macrumors regular

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    I would rather donate the extra money to a charity then to spend 750 dollars on 2 GB more ram. Sorry, that is just me.

    You reasons make me laugh to why you would spend that much money, especially you being computer savvy that you are.
     
  12. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    MacBook Pro 4GB Kits For $200? Where?

    Really? Where? :confused: :eek:
    $230 at Omni via this Ramseeker.com Link. So yes I'd also like to know where you found them for $200 rhagen?:confused:
     
  13. rhagen macrumors regular

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