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Topic # 185281 17-Nov-2015 08:33
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I just picked up a 128GB PNY Micro SD card for USD 39.99 + Shipping - way cheaper than anything local - even PB Tech's sale prices.

128GB PNY microSD card on Amazon


other capacities too.

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  Reply # 1429381 17-Nov-2015 08:48
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That's a good price.

http://camelcamelcamel.com/Silicon-Power-MicroSDXC-Class10-SP128GBSTXBU1V20SP/product/B00T9QONOU?context=browse

http://camelcamelcamel.com/PNY-Performance-MicroSDXC-Memory-P-SDUX128U160G-GE/product/B00W77C1W4?context=browse




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  Reply # 1430027 17-Nov-2015 22:15
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Nice. have a couple of phones that dont have 128s in them at the moment so cant sync music in rdio. This will solve that.




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  Reply # 1430042 17-Nov-2015 23:30
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hairyfil: I just picked up a 128GB PNY Micro SD card for USD 39.99 + Shipping - way cheaper than anything local - even PB Tech's sale prices.

128GB PNY microSD card on Amazon


other capacities too.

cheers
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I would rather buy local so it has a local warranty. I have had problems with so many flash memory sticks and cards as they don't seem to last that long.

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  Reply # 1430043 17-Nov-2015 23:33
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Says $49.99, which is USD, which at current currency conversion (super bad at this very instant, .1 down from a week ago), isn't great. Plus shipping?

That actually seems bad. Am I wrong? I've got in my own store 64 GB UHS-1 for 40 bucks nzd roughly. I work that out, above, product referenced to be above 100 NZD! Probably 110 (20 dollars per 32, that's 60-70 for the last 64. I think local stores in abundance will beat that, probably by 20 or so). Seems bad not good. All respect to premium brand PNY, but that is not pricewise a good deal IMO. Check pricespy or priceme and USD to NZD conversion rates. 




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  Reply # 1430065 18-Nov-2015 02:03
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Dreal: Says $49.99, which is USD, which at current currency conversion (super bad at this very instant, .1 down from a week ago), isn't great. Plus shipping?

That actually seems bad. Am I wrong? I've got in my own store 64 GB UHS-1 for 40 bucks nzd roughly. I work that out, above, product referenced to be above 100 NZD! Probably 110 (20 dollars per 32, that's 60-70 for the last 64. I think local stores in abundance will beat that, probably by 20 or so). Seems bad not good. All respect to premium brand PNY, but that is not pricewise a good deal IMO. Check pricespy or priceme and USD to NZD conversion rates. 




Maths is a bit off.

$88 NZD shipped for the card, BUT the deal is over (it was $10 USD cheaper), AND this is using the Amazon Currency Converter which is typically more expensive then just paying in USD.
With the sale price it would have been $71 NZD shipped (including bank currency conversion fee).

The cheapest on pricespy for a 128GB card is $99 for an Adata from Playtech but Playtech don't seem to be selling it so it's around $110 NZD after shipping from Ktech/AlphaCity.
$40 NZD is a decent saving if your not in a rush.

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  Reply # 1430117 18-Nov-2015 07:04
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Special ended that is why is back to 49




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  Reply # 1430241 18-Nov-2015 10:48
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Yes that would be because the currency conversion literally jumped up .1 for the NZD overnight back to where it was! (Which is pretty incredible, that drop must have been very reactive/unstable). It was .54 or so yesterday. .65 today. Pretty major conversion rate difference in a day!

I guess 128GB cards are a bit pricier than anything lower, so at its old price, and the better conversion rate it probably would have saved you bucks based on most retaillers (and being PNY, you don't have to worry about it being dud)

However I did just now look. Trademe has generic 128GB class 10 cards for $49.50, and $43.99 (Which I admit are insane prices!). Actually knowing the rough cost of those generic cards, they must be buying in serious bulk and still selling with _paper thin_ margins (heck its even priced cheaper than the gold standard of $20 bucks per 32 the cheapest retaillers price at). I would find it pretty hard to price my cards that low, and I don't know of any online retailler that does - which is impressive because things aren't always or even often cheaper on trademe, or comparable with the overseas suppliers - often online stores locally or overseas are cheaper than trademe for most things in my experience. Clearly microSD is an exception, probably because its ultra competitive. 

Looking at whats around, actually if I wanted to save the most bucks on a microSD card, I'd probably go for one of those generic ones from trademe. They are priced low as hell, and whatever that brand is, I've used it plenty and for the 32/64 at least, its a decent card. Most phone based or tablet based readers don't do UHS speeds anyway - that often requires USB 3 to piggy back on, or higher than normal bandwidth for the microSD slow.

So class 10 is usually plenty.




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  Reply # 1430243 18-Nov-2015 10:53
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That said, if I did have a high end device, known to be capable of higher speeds on the microSD reader, I'd probably spend a fair bit of money to get a premium brand one with measured fast speeds, rather than try and save bucks - I know you can get some cards with very high speeds, close to SSD. Would depend on the device. 




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  Reply # 1430291 18-Nov-2015 12:12
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128GB for less than $50 is almost certainly fake, not sure if seller is aware or not (I bought a fake flash drive last year from TradeMe and seller didn't realize he had been selling duds)

From one of the sellers feedback:
"Hi. Memory card only holds up to 10gb of music, not the 128gb as stated"


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  Reply # 1430364 18-Nov-2015 13:58
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^^Well those 128GB cards we are talking about have significantly lower read/write speeds than the lower capacity(16/32GB) models so it's entirely possible it's just cheaper memory/downgraded etc. PNY have often been the cheapest in that space for consumer use for a fair while.

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  Reply # 1430520 18-Nov-2015 16:54
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loceff13: ^^Well those 128GB cards we are talking about have significantly lower read/write speeds than the lower capacity(16/32GB) models so it's entirely possible it's just cheaper memory/downgraded etc. PNY have often been the cheapest in that space for consumer use for a fair while.


They're fake.

Some obvious signs:
Labeled MicroSDHC instead of MicroSDXC (SDHC is max 32GB, the manufacturers print everything but the capacity on the card and then print different numbers).
Sellers have messages saying that the actual capacity of the card may vary - that simply just isn't a thing.
Sellers sell 256GB cards - 256GB cards aren't a thing.
Sellers sell 256GB cards only 50% more than 128GB, they should be getting more expensive per GB not cheaper.
Sellers have bad feedback stating that the card only works up to 8 or so GB.
They also all have the same packaging and look - generally if something looks the same they are the same.

The cards will work to a given capacity since they are a real card, but buyers won't realize until a while down the road so they get positive feedback for them.
If you run H2testw on them it will show real capacity of them.

Perhaps you could buy a real 128GB card for ~$50 but I doubt your going to buy a real one in NZ for $50 new from a seller.

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  Reply # 1430543 18-Nov-2015 17:34
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I personally have a bunch of 32's and 64's from the brand/packaging that the 46 ish dollar one comes in - and the cards I have are totally legit. They come from china.

They are class 10 too, although not super fast for the rating. They all work fine to the reported capacity. 

Although I am curious about the price. The price seems lower than what those cards generally come for.

The 64gb ones cost around 30 something bucks from suppliers, so I am not sure how they could sell 128 at 49 or so, unless they are buying in massive bulk and with slim margins. 43, would seem like zero profit. Maybe in large bulk they can get the cards for 38 or 35 or something though. Obviously the manufacturer does not have high margins or costs. 

Still that seems more likely than fake cards having the exact same packaging as generic legit cards. That would seem bad for whomever is making the real ones, and they would change the packaging.

The seller who is selling some for 49.95 from hamilton has 99.9% positive feedback out of nearly 2000 sales for example. That doesn't say fake at all to me. Fake would have waaaay more negative feedback. 

Doesn't make sense to me, that hypothesis.

Not sure why they would have a size warning. These cards hold exactly what they say they do, in all my experience with them. Perhaps the QA isn't great and there are a few duds. Worst case, you get a replacement I suppose, if you are 1 in a 100? 




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  Reply # 1430582 18-Nov-2015 19:19
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Xeon:
loceff13: ^^Well those 128GB cards we are talking about have significantly lower read/write speeds than the lower capacity(16/32GB) models so it's entirely possible it's just cheaper memory/downgraded etc. PNY have often been the cheapest in that space for consumer use for a fair while.


They're fake.

Some obvious signs:
Labeled MicroSDHC instead of MicroSDXC (SDHC is max 32GB, the manufacturers print everything but the capacity on the card and then print different numbers).
Sellers have messages saying that the actual capacity of the card may vary - that simply just isn't a thing.
Sellers sell 256GB cards - 256GB cards aren't a thing.
Sellers sell 256GB cards only 50% more than 128GB, they should be getting more expensive per GB not cheaper.
Sellers have bad feedback stating that the card only works up to 8 or so GB.
They also all have the same packaging and look - generally if something looks the same they are the same.

The cards will work to a given capacity since they are a real card, but buyers won't realize until a while down the road so they get positive feedback for them.
If you run H2testw on them it will show real capacity of them.

Perhaps you could buy a real 128GB card for ~$50 but I doubt your going to buy a real one in NZ for $50 new from a seller.


Was referring to the OP's link(amazon) sorry, missed the one above you

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