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Where to buy SD cards from?

Thu May 17, 2018 1:58 pm

I don't want to advertise... but is the answer ONLY Amazon and one or 2 other reputable well known eretailers?
If buying from Amazon - ONLY buy from Amazon and not a 3rd party seller?

ebay: full of fakes - you have no idea what you are getting.

Local places - like SUpermarkets or electrical stores - hyper inflated prices - not worth looking at?

Thanks.

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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Thu May 17, 2018 5:58 pm

I generally go through Newegg. Costco has occasional goo deals, but they aren't carrying "smaller" (e.g. less than 32GB) cards any more. For SD cards, I tend to prefer mostly 8GB, with some 16GB. If I go over that, I switch to SSDs--which I also get through Newegg.

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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Thu May 17, 2018 6:17 pm

I usually wait until Tesco (UK) has good offers.

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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Thu May 17, 2018 6:43 pm

The last couple of cards I bought have been

https://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-microS ... ce+sd+card
The 64GB cards are fractionally faster than the smaller ones.

The A1 class is really important for use in a computer (1500 random read IOPS!)
https://www.sdcard.org/consumers/choices/application/

I see there are now U3 bus "extreme" equivalents to the above at twice the price, never tried them though.
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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Thu May 17, 2018 7:37 pm

I pretty much by Amazon from Amazon now as the prices are good.

But ASDA, Tesco etc if they are reduced.

I've been getting the A1 ones rated in the above post, they're nice. Not quite as fast as the Samsung EVO+ w.r.t Pi benchmarks, but good enough and nothing I've noticed and iirc similar to the Samsung EVO Plus.
For the same size.

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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Thu May 17, 2018 7:47 pm

It varies. I get some from supermarkets and some from places like https://www.7dayshop.com which have various brands at reasonable prices if you're prepared to wait a few days for them.

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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Thu May 17, 2018 9:00 pm

I live in Australia, so unsure if you've heard of it, but I buy my cards (I only buy UHS-1 or better) from BigW - a division of the Woolworths chain of supermarkets.

Not sure about hyper inflated prices, but I consider $28AUD a reasonable price for 32GB reputable brand card with a warranty.

Of course, GB per dollar, I'd still buy 2.5" pocket portable hard drives (2TB, $80), but that is a different matter.
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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Thu May 17, 2018 11:52 pm

A gigabyte per dollar about... :x

I would suggest an electronics store,
like Best Buy or London Drugs, or even
Costco (Not entirely an electronics store.) :lol:

My first SD card experiance was buying
a Lexar 300x 8GB SD card for $10. I tried
it, and it worked well. I have also tried
SanDisk, which also performs quite well.

I hope this helps! :)
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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Fri May 18, 2018 3:14 am

jahboater wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 6:43 pm
The last couple of cards I bought have been

https://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-microS ... ce+sd+card
The 64GB cards are fractionally faster than the smaller ones.
I recently compared the 64GB SanDisk Ultra Plus A1 micro SD to the 32GB Ultra (not Plus) A1 card, and the 32GB beat the 64GB is every test but sequential write. Surprised me as well, as I expected the 64GB to win, especially since it was an Ultra Plus, which I assumed would be a faster model (it's more expensive anyway). Now the 32GB didn't win by much, and in real world use I doubt you could tell the difference, but I ran the Crystal DiskMark test a few times and the results were consistent (the 32GB was a tiny bit faster in every test but sequential write).

It would be interesting to see what the 64GB Ultra (non-Plus) version scores in sequential write, to see if the one win the Plus card got was due to the size difference (write performance is typically where larger drives have the advantage). Tested using Crystal DiskMark x64 on my gaming laptop running Win10 Home x64 version 1803 with a USB 3.0 micro SD card reader.
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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Fri May 18, 2018 3:57 am

Imperf3kt wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:00 pm
Not sure about hyper inflated prices, but I consider $28AUD a reasonable price for 32GB reputable brand card with a warranty.
Hmm... $28 AUD is around $21.03 US, and the 32GB SanDisk Ultra A1 cards from Amazon USA are $12.99 US ($17.30 AUD). Then again, you can get the same SanDisk Ultra A1 card from Amazon Australia for $17.78 AUD, which is only $13.36 US, so that's not bad.

Of course hard drives are still the $/GB king. Heck, at sizes larger than 128GB a micro SD card is more expensive than an SSD.
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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Fri May 18, 2018 4:17 am

HawaiianPi wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 3:57 am
Imperf3kt wrote:
Thu May 17, 2018 9:00 pm
Not sure about hyper inflated prices, but I consider $28AUD a reasonable price for 32GB reputable brand card with a warranty.
Hmm... $28 AUD is around $21.03 US, and the 32GB SanDisk Ultra A1 cards from Amazon USA are $12.99 US ($17.30 AUD). Then again, you can get the same SanDisk Ultra A1 card from Amazon Australia for $17.78 AUD, which is only $13.36 US, so that's not bad.

Of course hard drives are still the $/GB king. Heck, at sizes larger than 128GB a micro SD card is more expensive than an SSD.
Yes, online will usually be cheaper (no transport to store fee, no workers fee, no second warehouse space fee, and various other fees associated with physical stores to recouperate.) Plus I suspect Amazon Australia is partially exempt to our imported electronics tax laws.

But as an example of a "walk in, walk out" store, that is one of the better places that I have seen.


Next storage device I buy will be a new SSD, the prices on those per GB are almost on par with uSD cards at a similar (usually better) performance.
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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Fri May 18, 2018 11:38 am

I’d also recommend B&H Photo.

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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Fri May 18, 2018 12:41 pm

HawaiianPi wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 3:57 am
Hmm... $28 AUD is around $21.03 US, and the 32GB SanDisk Ultra A1 cards from Amazon USA are $12.99 US ($17.30 AUD). Then again, you can get the same SanDisk Ultra A1 card from Amazon Australia for $17.78 AUD, which is only $13.36 US, so that's not bad.
I recently purchased a couple of those from the nearby MicroCenter for $14.99. When the difference is just a couple bucks, local beats online every time. It's a lot easier to keep a dealer "reputable" when you can walk into the store a raise a big stink if something goes wrong.

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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Fri May 18, 2018 1:30 pm

Wilko/Wilkinson's on the UK high street used to have some excellent prices on "Integral" SD Cards which have proven very reliable for me. But they appear to have dropped those and the greatly reduced range they now stock are twice as expensive.

For supermarkets it's a matter of keeping an eye open, spotting a good deal or special offer.

Most reputable retailers should be selling decent cards and offering return policies if there is a problem so that's mostly a matter of trawling through them and comparing prices.

It perhaps depends on what you want; capacity, performance, how many, and when you want them.

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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Fri May 18, 2018 2:39 pm

hippy wrote:
Fri May 18, 2018 1:30 pm
Wilko/Wilkinson's on the UK high street used to have some excellent prices on "Integral" SD Cards which have proven very reliable for me. But they appear to have dropped those and the greatly reduced range they now stock are twice as expensive.

For supermarkets it's a matter of keeping an eye open, spotting a good deal or special offer.

Most reputable retailers should be selling decent cards and offering return policies if there is a problem so that's mostly a matter of trawling through them and comparing prices.

It perhaps depends on what you want; capacity, performance, how many, and when you want them.

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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Fri May 18, 2018 3:06 pm

I usually buy from Amazon but if I need it NOW there's a couple of reputable independent stores in the city center here. Prices slightly higher but trustworthy customer service and can be back home within 30mins.
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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Fri May 18, 2018 6:36 pm

I buy locally, either Tesco or Asda, when they are on offer.

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Re: Where to buy SD cards from?

Sat May 19, 2018 6:22 pm

In the USA, Costco currently has a deal going - $30 USD buys you two 64GB, Sandisk A1 Ultra Plus. That's 40% off their normal price.

And, if like me, you bought within 30 days of the deal going on, they have a 30-day price guarantee ... and they honor it.

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