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Intel SSDs Double in Price on Newegg

By , Tuan Nguyen - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 57 comments

It's gone up, way up.

The Intel SSDs are still some of the best choices if you're looking for performance storage, but unfortunately they're still some of the most expensive solutions available right now.

While prices have been steadily dropping, something did catch our eye today on Newegg's listings for the Intel line of SSDs – dramatically inflated prices.

When Intel rolled out its new G2 "Postville" 34-nm SSDs in July, it updated pricing for the X25-M 80 GB to $225 for quantities up to 1,000 units. The 160 GB version was $440 (down from $945 at introduction) for quantities up to 1,000 units.

For one reason or another, however, Newegg's latest pricing for the new X25-M 80 GB is a whopping $599 and the list price for the 160 GB model is no less shocking at $997.

Prices for the older G1 stock, while not as stratospheric as the G2 models, are still higher than what they were previously.

Curious if there was some secret price adjustment that we didn't know about, we asked Intel about the prices listed on Newegg.

Intel PR manager Dan Snyder told Tom's Hardware, "Intel has not raised distributor pricing but the demand for 34nm SSDs is outstripping supply, which Intel is addressing. We cannot speak to pricing strategy at specific etailers."

A quick search engine query returns results showing that pricing is indeed largely unchanged, which now has us directing our questions to Newegg for an explanation of the revised prices. Stay tuned for more.

[Update] Newegg has now completely removed the second generation Intel SSDs from its site. This doesn't explain the higher prices for the first generations.

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    Greg_77 , September 2, 2009 1:26 AM
    JessLIt happens to all etailers over time. They start small, gain a following with great prices and service, get big and greedy, and start screwing around with prices. A wonderful opportunity for some other company to start this cycle over again will be presented very soon.


    I think you are speaking too soon. Let's wait and see what happens. Hope this isn't the new Newegg :( 
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    Shadow703793 , September 2, 2009 1:31 AM
    NewEgg seem to have a automatic pricing system that takes in to account inventory + orders for deciding price. For example, the E8400/E6600 fluctuated by ~$100-150 during release time.
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    Soul_keeper , September 2, 2009 1:41 AM
    sounds like a simple matter of supply and demand to me.
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    mlopinto2k1 , September 2, 2009 1:12 AM
    Hmmm, interesting. That's all I can say because neither Toms, Intel or Me have a friggin clue as to what is going on. I guess it really doesn't matter anyway, I cant afford that crap in the first place. FIRST!
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    Anonymous , September 2, 2009 1:17 AM
    It happens to all etailers over time. They start small, gain a following with great prices and service, get big and greedy, and start screwing around with prices. A wonderful opportunity for some other company to start this cycle over again will be presented very soon.
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    Greg_77 , September 2, 2009 1:26 AM
    JessLIt happens to all etailers over time. They start small, gain a following with great prices and service, get big and greedy, and start screwing around with prices. A wonderful opportunity for some other company to start this cycle over again will be presented very soon.


    I think you are speaking too soon. Let's wait and see what happens. Hope this isn't the new Newegg :( 
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    Shadow703793 , September 2, 2009 1:31 AM
    NewEgg seem to have a automatic pricing system that takes in to account inventory + orders for deciding price. For example, the E8400/E6600 fluctuated by ~$100-150 during release time.
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    nun , September 2, 2009 1:33 AM
    JessLIt happens to all etailers over time. They start small, gain a following with great prices and service, get big and greedy, and start screwing around with prices. A wonderful opportunity for some other company to start this cycle over again will be presented very soon.

    but not when tom's here to catch them in the act if there is an act?
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    verrul , September 2, 2009 1:39 AM
    they do have inventory flux pricing been a victim of it in the past. Now i learn to wait out the rush on parts
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    Pei-chen , September 2, 2009 1:40 AM
    Use your brain. Newegg has a stock tracking software that will auto adjust price based on recent purchase and available stock.

    Someone might have just bought eight drives at once and cause stock to drop to single digit. The program thought Intel SSD is in super demand and auto adjusted the price through the roof until a technician realized this and take the item offline.
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    Soul_keeper , September 2, 2009 1:41 AM
    sounds like a simple matter of supply and demand to me.
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    Ridik876 , September 2, 2009 1:52 AM
    maybe Woot picked them up...IN FOR THREE!
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    JofaMang , September 2, 2009 1:55 AM
    Supply and Demand is a euphemism for sanctioned theft.
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    falchard , September 2, 2009 1:57 AM
    Bet they still sold some at that price.
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    daship , September 2, 2009 2:04 AM
    They get them in and there gone in minutes, so they figure they can get more$$$. Guess I'll be buying mine elsewhere.

    Ive had em on auto notify, and when I get email, I check and there gone. Supposed to be more tomorrow.
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    Anonymous , September 2, 2009 2:13 AM
    Sanctioned theft.. right. Because you own those SSDs at the price you think they should be, and any increase over that price is "theft". Stunningly logical.
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    Anonymous , September 2, 2009 2:23 AM
    Saw this here yesterday night...

    http://www.pcper.com/comments.php?nid=7706
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    gekko668 , September 2, 2009 2:35 AM
    As of right now I can't afford it so I dont care.
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    nun , September 2, 2009 2:36 AM
    Ryan99287834Saw this here yesterday night...http://www.pcper.com/comments.php?nid=7706

    good find +1
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    Anonymous , September 2, 2009 2:52 AM
    More power to the idiots that bought these drives at these ridiculous prices (unless, of course, they have enough money to literally burn)... 320GB SSDs which will smoke the current crop of Intel drives in terms of performance are only months away... which means, if you just wait a while longer, you'll either get much more for your money, or get these same drives for much less.
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    doomtomb , September 2, 2009 2:53 AM
    I noticed this a couple days ago as well... Newegg is great when it's great but it certainly pisses me off when they have drastic price changes on certain products. This isn't the first time, but this is the first time I've seen it done to this magnitude.
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    Major7up , September 2, 2009 3:08 AM
    JofaMangSupply and Demand is a euphemism for sanctioned theft.

    I thought the same as well.
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    hunter315 , September 2, 2009 3:42 AM
    Now thats a profit margin! But if they are going to be selling out in hours anyway why shouldnt they raise the price? If they stop selling like hot cakes im sure the prices will normalize down to what we expect.
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