Best Buy changes its policies in a last ditch effort to defend itself against the big bad Internet
Just about every tech savvy consumer is guilty of it, but few choose to admit it. We see a product online, we fall in love with the features and price, but for some inexplicable reason we simply must fondle it in person before buying. Best Buy has often dismissed the showrooming phenomenon when speaking to shareholders during earnings calls, however it’s hard to sugar coat the reality that Amazon can easily offer lower prices without the constant drag that a brick and mortar store has on the bottom line.
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) recently unveiled new FM2-based A Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units), and as you know, that usually means a price cut for existing chips. Indeed that's the case, according to DigiTimes, which claims to have heard from un-named sources entrenched in the motherboard business that previous generation APUs about to about receive some sweet price reductions. Let's have a look.
Summer might be coming to an end in the coming weeks, but the GPU price wars between AMD and Nvidia are just starting to heat up. To wit, AMD rolled out a series of price reductions in July for its Radeon HD 7970, 7950, and 7870 graphics cards, and now that Nvidia has made Kepler affordable with its GeForce GTX 660 Ti part, AMD is once again responding in kind with another round of cuts.
Just in case you haven't gotten the memo yet: HDD prices haven't returned to pre-flood levels, and don't expect them to anytime soon. Don't take our word for it; that information's coming straight from the horse's mouth, as a European sales director for Western Digital -- one of the two big HDD manufacturers -- recently said that prices won't drop that low until next year.
Eight out of ten geeks agree: once you've taken an SSD's blazing fast speeds for a whirl, it's hard to go back to standard HDDs. (The last two geeks horde ripped HD video files like they're going out of style.) The problem is, the comparatively sky-high price point of SSDs have kept most folks away from their oh-so-sweet performance. New reports indicate that may change in the coming months, however, as the big movers and shakers in the SSD industry lower prices to try and squeeze out the little guys.
Last weekend we noticed that RIM was experimenting with a $200 price cut in Canada, however, with the unveiling of the Amazon Fire the company has decided to not just move its discount across the border, but make it permanent. The 16GB entry level playbook now starts at only $299 for Wi-Fi only, and goes up by $100 increments when moving up to the 32GB, and 64GB configurations.
Console price cuts are coming! Console price cuts are coming! That's the message from Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter, who says it's high time for Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony to all three mark down their respective gaming consoles, CNet reports.
"After maintaining console prices at historically high points throughout 2010, all three console manufacturers appear to us to be poised for price cuts in 2011," Pachter wrote in a note to investors.
Despite sales of Microsoft's Xbox 360 console rising 40 percent year-over-year in 2010, Pachter says it's possible the Redmond outfit will drop the price of its 250GB Xbox 360 Kinect bundle from $400 to $300. This, he says, would put the pressure on Sony to mark down its PlayStation 3 Move bundle.
It will be interesting to see if any of this comes to fruition. Nintendo so far has seemed content with the Wii's price point, while both Microsoft and Sony have played around with various storage options and slimmer form factors rather than reduce prices outright.
As rumored, Nvidia slashed the price of its GeForce GTX 470 videocard today, and did so by more than 25 percent, at least in terms of MSRP. The GTX 470, which was originally marked at $349, can now be found for as little as $260.
That's about $20 more expensive than the lowest priced AMD Radeon HD 6870 videocards (you can read our review of the XFX HD 6870 here, and the HD 6850 here), all without any mail-in-rebate shenanigans.
So out of the two, which should you get? You could flip a piece-of-eight and be happy with the result no matter how it lands. The GTX 470 is slightly faster than the HD 6870, while the latter costs a little less. If a warranty is what matters most, out of the $260 and under cards, only the EVGA GTX 470 comes with a lifetime backing (provided you register the card within 30 days). XFX also offers a lifetime backing on its cards, which one-ups EVGA's by being transferable to a second owner, but the XFX HD 6870 runs for $280.
Are you planning to upgrade to one of these new cards? If so, which one? Even if you're not, which do you think is the better buy out of these: HD 6870, HD 6850, GTX 470, GTX 460.
AMD isn't about to concede an inch of its market share to Intel, not without an aggressive fight, anyway. Citing "sources from motherboard players," DigiTimes reports AMD has taken a hatchet to about 20 desktop processors in an attempt to defend against competition from its rival.
Some of the more enticing price cuts include AMD's quad-core Athlon II X4 640 chip, which was dropped from $122 to $99, the dual-core Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition, which slid from $105 to $93, and the quad-core Phenom II X4 955 and 965, both of which were cut by $26 to $145 and $165, respectively.
AMD now has a boat load of modern processors at sub-$100 price points, with many of its higher-end chips still only priced at under $200.
Call it the snowball effect from Apple's iPad launch, if you will, because one after another we're seeing ebook reader makers drop their price of the hardware.
With tablets clearly ready to encroach on ebook hardware territory, Barnes & Noble quickly slashed the price of its Nook reader from $259 to $199, while simultaneously launching an even lower priced Wi-Fi only model for $149. Hours later, Amazon responded with a price cut of its own, dropping the Kindle from $259 to $189. And then on July 1, Amazon slashed the cost of its Kindle DX from $489 to $379.
Now the snowball has crashed through Sony's camp, which went and quietly dropped the price of its entire line of ebook readers. Here's how it all breaks down:
Pocket Edition: $149 (down from $169)
Touch Edition: $169 (down from $199)
Daily Edition: $299 (down from $349)
Pocketbook 360: $199 (down from $239)
Pocketbook 301: $219 (down from $279)
Pocketbook 302: $279 (down from $339)
This puts Sony in better position to compete with the competition, but is it enough? At $149, the Pocket Edition won't break the bank, but it doesn't have Wi-Fi like B&N's Nook.
With all the recent price cuts, do you plan on picking up and ebook reader? If so, which one?