xD not expensive anymore!

Started Oct 3, 2004 | Discussions thread
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Dick Rijken Senior Member • Posts: 1,405
xD not expensive anymore!

I posted the text below two days ago, but got no replies, which is sorta strange because everyone's always complaining about how expensive xD cards are. So I'm trying it again with an unambiguous subject line. Here we go:

For those of you (and that includes myself) who were disappointed by the recent Olympus announcements, I have excellent news...

Forget the news about the 1GB xD card...

The real news is: xD is not expensive anymore!

I'll say it again: xD is not, I repeat: NOT, expensive anymore!!!

I just picked up my repaired C770uz in the store in Amsterdam where I bought it and sent it in for repair, and couldn't believe what I saw. Olympus has slashed, mutilated and beheaded its xD prices.

Here are the prices for 512 MB cards (in euros):

Sandisk CF (slower than xD, I've been told): 55
Sandisk Ultra II (comparable to xD, afaik): 73
Sandisk SD Ultra II: 74
Sandisk Memory Stick Pro Duo: 110
Sandisk Memory Stick Ultra II: 133
Fuji xD: 160

And here it comes:

Olympus xD: 82,50!!!!! (that's the dollar price for a 256 MB (!) card at amazon)

That's only about 10% more expensive than Ultra II CF. That's a difference too minute to worry about when buying cameras.

I'm not talking about some obscure Internet operation. This is a real photography store with shopping windows, counters, friendly people, and excellent service that closes at six pm. They told me it was official Olympus policy...


I suddenly wish the 770 had uncompressed 800x600 video...

For those of you who don't believe me, here's the store's website:
http://www.fotobooms.nl/ ,
and here's the page with the new card prices:
(even if you don't read Dutch, you can still read numbers, right?)

Has anyone else noticed this in other stores?

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