32Gb micri SD cards - why so expensive

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    32Gb micri SD cards - why so expensive

    Went out to get a new SD card for my phone today. Looking to fit a 32Gb micro SD to allow load and forget approach to music.

    Unfortunately 32Gb Mirro Sd cards seem completely over-priced - probably 2x higher than other card sizes. Is this likely to change soon?

    Cards on Expansys.com.hk

    $1090
    $230


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    Supply & demand.

    Prices will drop when 64gb and 128gb cards are in production, or when the price of the fabrication technology drops so that other plants can make them. This is leading edge technology and demand is competing with wholesale supply to Apple, Dell, etc.

    Fabrication prices tend to halve every 18 months I think?

    Example notes here: http://www.samsung.com/hk_en/news/ne...&news_seq=8260

    The 32gb card might need a US$4 billion plant but the 16gb card can be made on a US$500 million plant.

    Last edited by MrMoo; 29-12-2010 at 06:00 PM.

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    there's not really such a big gap for standard size SD cards so not really g


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    MrMoo is correct, supply/demand is the correct and simple answer. The vendors will charge what the market will bear, and when there is more supply prices & margins get crushed.

    Last edited by TheBrit; 30-12-2010 at 08:46 AM.

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    no hk local uses expensys hk or any tech savvy person uses it cos really over priced.

    expect cheapest around or under HK$700 at shamm shui po golden arcade, HK$750 to HK$850 in most computer stores elsewhere (presume fortress or broadway prices at around HK$950)


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    SanDisk SDSDQ-032G-P36M - Memory Card 記憶卡 - 儲存媒體 - 香港格價網 Price.com.hk

    if you really want it cheap than that, maybe buy 2 x 16 gb micro sd and hot swap them on a go

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    $680 was the cheapest I saw in the computer centre, expansys was just shown for a visual ref

    I could understand if 32Gb cards were relativity new and the scarcity was due to the usual supply chain issues for product launches but they have been around for ages. I will wait a little longer...


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    i recall paying HK$700 for 1gb memory stick duo back in 2005, or even my mate paid 400quid for 40 megabyte hdd for his amiga a500 way back in 1988, has the prices has dropped so much over the years.


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    At this point, 32GB microSD cards are still pretty new, and I think Sandisk - who are always at the more expensive end of the market anyway - are about the only people shipping them in volume. 16GB cards have been on the market for a long time, and are definitely the price/size sweet spot right now. Also, I'd say that the jump in density between 16GB and 32GB is probably enough that random factories can't just churn them out yet.

    It's worth waiting for something faster than a class 2 card as well, by the way...


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    Comparison 64GB and 128GB SDXD cards just released, US$400, US$700 a piece.

    Lexar Media reveals 64GB and 128GB Class 10 SDXC cards -- Engadget