Why have SSD prices not droped?

Discussion in 'Solid State Drives (SSDs) and Flash Storage' started by whitrzac, Feb 27, 2011.

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  1. whitrzac

    whitrzac The orange end is cold...

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    6 months ago I bought a WD 64gb SSD for ~$100 AC because it was an amazing deal at the time....

    I was hoping that SSD prices would have dropped some by now, yes there are new "faster" ones out, but they are the same _____ price....


    so, why have SSDs not dropped in price like every other PC component out there?
     
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    I think its about the supply and demand,,when new technology comes out it has a premium price tag as supply and demand is low,,,as time goes on manufacturing economies start to catch up and thus supply is increased and the price gets lower,,couple this new models of the same technology,,the older technology demand drops as adoption of newer technology has started, thus the price drops on older technology----the leftovers,,,the price on newer tech SSD's will come down, however, the I think its still too early, for the companies to engage in price wars....

    Looking deeper at this,,,its quite obvious that the economic model at work here, states clearly,,that when the "spot market" on parts to ssd's is oversupplied, buyers will up there quantity desired and lower there bid per unit(the SSD makers),,this is exactly what happened in the ddr ram chip market and why the prices came down so significantly there,the savings are passed on to the consumer ,I got into a conversation with a Seller of ram chips, a manager and he told me,,I knew more about it than he did,,,actually its just State University level economics and keeping your eyes open and your pencil sharp,,,,lol,, mv=pq ,,,anyone...

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    because people buy them.
     
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    They have dropped in price for sure; depending on the SSD it could be by a lot, or by not such a significant amount. Right now there are still all the same SSD's out there, so there isn't going to be any reason for them to drop in price (once the new 2011 SSD's actually start making their way to the public, then the older SSD's will go on clearance as they will be old stock that needs to be gotten rid of). But until then there isn't going to be too many superb deals


    The new SSD's will bring a cheaper cost per GB, for the first few months they will still be more expensive than last generation's SSD's; no getting around that fact (after all they are all businesses trying to make money)


    Also, I hate to break it to you, but a faster drive for the same money IS getting more for your money (maybe you aren't saving more money, but you ARE getting a better product)
     
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    Honestly, I think the memory companies milk everyone for everything they can, like the oil companies. Prices should have fallen far below where they are now, but instead enjoy a very slow, steady decline. Take it for what you will.
     
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    Memory companies are very different from oil companies. Other than airlines, I can't find an industry that is worse to put money in.
     
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    I bought my Nova 128GB last spring for about $300. I saw it this weekend (with rebate) for $168.
     
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    They are falling. Slowly. The newer faster ones are the same price as the older slower ones.
     
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    That is called smart business.

    Successful companies aren't in the habit of giving stuff away to be nice. Any company that doesn't maximize the amount of revenue that they generate will not be in business very long.
     
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    Other PC components, like CPU's and GPU's, drop in price because of competition.

    There is not very much competition in the SSD space, because there isn't a lot of demand in the SSD space. As much as the enthusiasts on forums like these talk about SSD's all day, the reality is that we are an absolutely tiny spec compared to the overall number of storage devices sold, because almost every computer sold ships with a mechanical hard drive. For example, Western Digital makes more in one quarter (~$2.45B) than the entire SSD market made in all of 2010 (~$1B).

    What will drive down costs is higher demand. And what will create higher demand is when PC manufacturers start putting an SSD in the computers they ship out the door - much like what Apple is doing with the MacBook Air.
     
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