Crazy Crucial Prices

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Locatel, Jul 21, 2006.

  1. theSeaHawk macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2007
    Why did I buy from Crucial twice?

    Because of their banner ad that frequents the top pages of

    If this thread was pinned, chances are I would have brought my business elsewhere... maybe I can phone cancel the order...
  2. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    Matched pairs are always better

    Buy 2 GBs from OWC and trade in your 'old' RAM back to OWC for cash!
  3. Mindflux macrumors 68000


    Oct 20, 2007
    I've been using Crucial for years. I buy when their memory is competitively priced, which happens. Their warranty support is second to none, I can call and say I have a dead module and they'll ship me a new one stat. I ship the old back and the process is done.

    FWIW the OWC ram is Micron(Crucial) for the iMac, but is currently 170, versus Crucial's 199 for 4GB of PC2-5300.

    I like dealing with Mushkin too, same great warranty policies. Their ram, however is pricier 99% of the time.
  4. Karvel macrumors regular

    Jun 27, 2007
    Can anyone recommend any alternatives to Crucial for the UK?
  5. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    You can try the following:

    From these, offtek and memory-express are the only memory specialists and none is consistently cheaper than the rest. You really will need to froogle on a daily basis to find out which has the best prices. It is quite often , however.
  6. vm7118 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2007
    NJ, USA
    it's interesting that this thread has re-appeared. i just found out about crucial's sometimes strange pricing schemes this past week, and i figured it was an anomaly. i guess i was wrong.

    i bought a SR MBP with 2 gb in september, and i decided to get my girlfriend 2gb for her old yonah macbook. i bought it from crucial (always trusted their RAM... and still do, regardless of what comes next), but returned it, realizing i could give her my 2gb of ram and get myself a new 4gb :p

    so i put in my laptop info into just for the heck of it, and it gave me a HUGE price for the 4gb kit! it was stated as containing 2x2gb sticks, but right there on the same page (listed all compatible RAM for my system) the single 2gb stick was less than half their 4gb upgrade kit.

    to make matters worse, when i googled the product numbers to see if they were different, i came to see that the EXACT same crucial RAM can have completely different model numbers based on the retailer (even a completely different naming scheme...).

    so after all this, i stuck to what i've been doing the last ~8 years, and bought from newegg. 2x2gb sticks of crucial ram for something like 150 bucks (before tax/shipping). got it the next day since i live in NJ, where newegg has a warehouse. automatic next day delivery for any method by paying sales tax ;)
  7. superleccy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
    Do Crucial actually use dynamic pricing in the UK any more?

    A quick test looking for 4GB for my MBP shows £115.14 going thru their advisor, and £112.79 thru doing a manual seach. A difference of just £2.35, but in the past I've noticed greater differences. I suppose in theory they are within their rights to charge a little bit more for the "guarantee" that the memory they advise will work in you machine.

    But I've never seen any evidence of them adapting their prices based on your browsing/seacrhing history, or based on what computer or browser you're using. Based on these threads, I don't doubt it's happening in the US, but in the UK I'm sure it would be illegal... and I've not seen any evidence that it's going on.

    Thoughts? Experience?

  8. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    I doubt that it would be illegal, as any site has the right to raise its or lower its prices anytime - even between individual customer orders. However, if it could be proved that specific groups of people, say women or ethnic minorities, were targetted for differential pricing, then you could have recourse to the law under current anti-discrimination legislation.
  9. OwlsAndApples macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2006
    On Crucial UK, the prices for my iMac's RAM upgrades are the same in the Safari 3 and Firefox 2 (Mac OSX). Seems like it's not happening here then ... I hope.

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