what is the deal with memory prices lately?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by machan, Feb 5, 2004.

  1. machan macrumors regular

    May 7, 2003
    remember the good old days when you could get 512mb for around $50. we all knew it wouldn't last, but now that same 512mb is going for anywhere between $149 and $190!?!?!?! WTF? just a couple months ago it seemed like the highest price i could find was $129 and most places were selling for just $99 or $89. the only real reason i'm peeved about it is because my parents are about to buy an emac and i wanted to get them an extra 512mb to add to the stock 256mb.

    anyone know a good source for reliable and properly priced ram?
  2. jxyama macrumors 68040


    Apr 3, 2003
    i think newer memories are still getting cheaper, no? don't remember, though.

    just like everything else, the price is governed by supply and demand...

    i've bought from crucial and a more generic kingston from circuit city. they both worked fine...

    if you want "proper" (dunno exactly what you mean), then go with crucial. if you want the cheapest, go get generics...
  3. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Yep, and memory prices are particularly volatile because of the economics of supply. The fabs that make the chips are incredibly expensive, so the cos. want to run them all the time. That means if people aren't buying the prices plummet. But since it takes a while to build a new fab, adn because they're already running full out, if demand starts to exceed supply, prices skyrocket. It's like gasoline in that way--it's hard to alter production to meet demand.

    Right now, demand for memory has been increasing, as computer sales rebound.

    Of course, now I just checked crucial, and the 512mb I got for my imac is $10 less than it was a month ago.
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    Whoa!! Three months ago, 512MB would have cost you $129 at Crucial for my 12" Powerbook, and now it only costs $95. Three months ago, 256MB would have cost you $85 at Crucial, and now it only costs $46. It seems that as time passes, memory gets cheaper!! :eek:

    If I want a 512MB stick of RAM (I bought 256MB), I'll just wait for the price of 1GB of RAM to fall drastically, forcing the price of all the other RAM to drop. Try doing the same. Check the price of RAM again only once your parents get their eMac. Hopefully it'll be lower. That's all you can really do.

    Crucial is great. :)
  5. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    yes, I'm waiting to see what the summer brings on the 1 GB RAM chips for my AluBook. Back when I got it in September, a 1 GB chip was at least 500-750 dollars, today prices are much more reasonable (250-300). I'm going to wait because I think that they will continue to drop until they are 150-200ish, and by then I might actually need to upgrade whereas 512 is enough for now.
  6. F/reW/re macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2001
    1 and a half year ago 512 MB SD ram for my iBook was at 3500 SEK, now it's at 500 SEK.
  7. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

    Chip NoVaMac

    Dec 25, 2003
    Northern Virginia
    Do you think that they will continue to drop like that? I am hopeful myself. Been watching Crucial 1gb prices fo my PB 12";

    Nov. about $650
    Late Dec. early January about $450

    Today $329

    I guess the question is are the drop in prices due to a glut of product, and will go back up? Or has the technology reached better yields, so better prices? And are we seeing the bottom end of the pricing?
  8. Makosuke macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2001
    The Cool Part of CA, USA
    512MB sticks for my G5 from Crucial have dropped slightly since when I bought them last year, but price has been pretty level.

    I have a feeling prices on 512MB modules are relatively stable right now, but I expect to see a steady decline in prices of 1GB modules, since demand for that much memory is increasing, and the number of computers that can take advantage of them are going up as well. An increase in popularity of 64 bit processors on the x86 side of things will probably help more, once that eventually happens.

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