why do ram prices keep going up?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by chill., Dec 19, 2009.

  1. chill. macrumors 6502

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    so about a year ago 2x2gb ddr3 ram was about $60. maybe 5 months back it was $80. right now the price is $100-$110. i really regret not buying ram before. why does the price keep rising instead of going down?
     
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  3. ttopp macrumors regular

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    its whats known as Volatile Stock.

    The price has always fluctuated. things like lots of competitors and over saturation of the market lead to loads of makers having a price war.

    Unfortunately now after the recession there are less ram makers out there so the price now starts to go up :(
     
  4. weckart macrumors 68040

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    Why prices are rising? Because Windows 7 turned out not be a steaming turd unlike Vista. People upgraded and added more memory to their XP rigs or bought new computers.

    This increased demand for memory after the suppliers had reduced supply due to the glut that happened after they had ramped up production in expectation of a huge take up for the dud called Vista.
     
  5. HBOC macrumors 68020

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    DDR2 prices have gone up as well. Just supply and demand. Computers are using more and more memory nowadays, and people are upgrading memory as well...
     
  6. NathanCH macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for making this thread. It's disgusting how much they've increased. I was looking in the summer on Newegg.com and they has some for $50 - $60 and now the cheapest is $90!

    Almost double the priced. What a rip off.
     
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    I paid $259 for the same 2 x 2 stuff in August 2007, consider $100 a good deal.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Where did you get it and what specs?
     
  9. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    PC5300 DDR2 667MHz 200 Pin for the late 2007 AL iMacs
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I got 2 x 2 GB for $79 that December.
     
  11. red42 macrumors regular

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    I'm waiting to buy another 1 X 4 gig stick for my mac mini to max it to 8 gig.
     
  12. viggen61 macrumors 6502

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    Sometimes, we forget how good we have it...

    I couldn't resist...

    Thinking back nearly 15 years, I can recall purchasing 16 MEGA byte SIMMS for Macs where I worked. I also recall getting a good deal on them at about $400 (it may have been as much as $495!). That's per stick...

    Now, the 2x2 (4GB, right?) units we're talking about here are 256 times the size of those...

    Which would mean one of them, at the 1996 per-byte price would run you over $100,000.00 !

    RAM prices have always been volatile. The trend normally is to lower prices, especially as new types of RAM come out, the older types get cheaper fast. But, they do, sometimes bounce the other way.

    Merry Christmas!

    :apple::apple:
     
  13. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    I'll join in for the perspective. I just ordered more ram from OWC for my Macpro and was thinking about how good the price was compared to the olden days. I remember buying ram back in 1994 and finding such a good deal on it at the time that I bought twice as much as I had planned. What did I pay? If I remember right, it was around $1200 for 64MB (2, 32MB sticks). People would always go "Wow!" whenever I told them how much ram I had in my computer.

    Oh, and what did I pay for ram that I ordered yesterday? $150 bucks for 4GB. I'll let you do the math for what that would have cost back in 1994... but whenever anyone says that ram is expensive now, I laugh out loud.
     
  14. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Tell me about it.

    3 months later in March I bought it for $39, taking the rest of my iMacs to max ram.

    4 gig sticks have dropped, they were $300 not long ago... now $250
     
  15. red42 macrumors regular

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    I'm waiting for them to drop to about $150 and then I'll bite for another one.
     
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  17. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Well it was desktop RAM too. I think the record lowest was that $38.99 RAM with a $5 MIR.
     
  18. NeuralControl macrumors 6502a

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    Buy.com had the correct RAM for my 2.4 GHz MBP for $37 around July.
     

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