Patience is a virtue: 1GB SD cards drop over £250 in 5 years
Never put your money in technology, kids; electronic gadgets and computer peripherals that were smashing hits among consumers one day could end up in the 90% discount baskets the next. Take the case of memory cards - a proud owner of a whooping 1GB SD card costing around £275 five years ago would weep to find out that an 8GB San Disk SD memory card is now sold for less than £10.
But this drop in price doesn’t mean that product quality has taken a backseat. SDHC (secure digital high capacity) cards mean up to 32GB of portable and mobile storage space. This means more than 5,000 digital photographs or 6,000 MP3 files that you can conveniently carry in your pocket. Obviously, your device must support it.
So what’s driving the low price tag?
According to Which? researcher Ben Stevens, success plays an important role. When a new technology becomes an instant hit, an increase in supply and in the number of suppliers is expected to follow, which in due course cuts down the cost of production significantly. But I suppose it works the same way on the other end of the spectrum, too.
So for those of you dreaming of OLED TVs and Blu-ray disc players but don't want to fork out your hard earned cash, good things come to those who wait. No harm in collecting a few Blu-Ray DVDs ahead of time though, considering you can get them for £9.71 each at Blockbuster (thanks, herby247!).