View Full Version : Why have RAM prices gone up so much?

12-26-2001, 09:16 PM
One look at crucial and my jaw dropped, RAM prices have nearly doubled, the question is why have they gone up so much?

12-26-2001, 09:18 PM
i think they're getting ready for ddr 333 or something like that. im not really sure, im sure someone here has "the answer."

12-26-2001, 09:18 PM
Evil Rambus...

12-26-2001, 09:40 PM
The new Pentium4 motherbards that take DDR ram, might that have increased demand at an OEM/reseller level?

12-26-2001, 09:59 PM
<< Evil Rambus >>

RDRAM has come way down in price. SDRAM has gone up. Here is a stroll down memory lane (nice pun)!

Way back almost 2 years ago..................

Crucial Order Request

Order Date/Time: Wednesday, January 12, 2000 10:43:23 PM

Shipping Method: 2nd Day Shipping

--------------- Item 1 ---------------
Qty: 1
Part No: CT16M64S4D75
Price: $185.39 (reflects a 10% discount)
Description: 128MB, SDRAM, PC133.
Upgrade for: UNSPECIFIED

Line total: $185.39

Line Item Subtotal: $185.39
Freight Charges : $7.50

Order Subtotal : $192.89 + applicable tax

Things aren't so bad now.

12-26-2001, 10:12 PM

12-26-2001, 10:37 PM
Well, they were artifically low.

Demand was way down and stock very high. Now that the backlog has been sold off, this is more the "normal" price.

Expect prices to drop only a little - we will never hit the extreme lows they were at a couple of months ago.

I hope you stocked up.;)


12-26-2001, 10:53 PM
how about this (http://web.archive.org/web/19980524151427/http://www.crucial.com/) for memory prices...:P

12-26-2001, 11:11 PM
Nothing other than straight market forces . . . basic economics 101.

12-26-2001, 11:11 PM
their switching to new manufacuring methods.
people are getting out of the DRAM business.
tightening of suppy by manufacures to drive up prices.
prices were too low, manufacurers pretty much unspokenly agreed to raise prices.

12-26-2001, 11:38 PM
As I see it, only DDR prices have gone up. SDRAM and RDRAM have remained stable.
It doesn't really change anything though. The cheapest is still SDRAM and the most
expensive is still RDRAM. Meanwhile DDR seems to be caught between two dead
ends. :)

12-26-2001, 11:49 PM
aye, just DDR has raised in price due to probably a combination of false and real demand...

and then there's xmas.

i wonder how the manufacturers made money in the first place selling them for so low...

12-27-2001, 12:39 AM
<< how about this (http://web.archive.org/web/19980524151427/http://www.crucial.com/) for memory prices...:P >>

128 MB PC100 $399.99


12-27-2001, 03:44 PM

<< how about this (http://web.archive.org/web/19980524151427/http://www.crucial.com/) for memory prices...:P >>

128 MB PC100 $399.99

wtf?? >>

Check the date, May 24th, 1998.

12-27-2001, 03:54 PM
Let's see, I remember my old 386-40MHz mobo with 4Megs of RAM. When I upgraded it to 16Megs, it cost $600. ( 4 x 4M SIMMs @ $150 each) Had to take out the old memory as well.

12-27-2001, 04:00 PM
I concur with the sentiments about Christmas and supply/demand during the holidays.

I bought two sticks of 512/133 or ~$100 at the end of October. :eek:

12-27-2001, 04:26 PM
crucial prices went up again today :)

12-27-2001, 04:30 PM
I packed my system with the ram... if prices go up way high ill sell a few sticks :P

12-27-2001, 04:50 PM
just bought 2 256 dimms yesterday for 50 after rebates. Not bad price at all if you ask me. And it was name brand (PNY)