Comments from OCZ regarding the review. Biggest point: RevoDrive DOES HAVE Garbage Collection. More on this later.
OCZ Technology wrote:
I would like to mention a couple things.
The OCZ RevoDrive 120GB is an incredibly fast drive, but with a street price of about US$300, it has one of the worst performance to dollar ratios in the business, representing a classic case of diminishing returns — you're paying a lot more for a marginal improvement. Is it worth the extra cost over a single Vertex 2?
I checked Newegg today and the going price is $270. If I may ask, where was the mentioned price referenced from? [/color]
I had no part in making this review but I'm curious to see how the pricing stacks up since it's been questioned. First lets look at Google Products search results for my zip code
Seller Tax and shipping Total price Base price
Amazon.com No tax + Free shipping $269.99 $269.99
Newegg.com Tax: $24.97 + Free shipping $294.96 $269.99
B&H Photo-Video-Audio No tax + Free shipping $299.99 $299.99
Mwave.com No tax + Shipping: $9.20 $303.95 $294.75
TigerDirect.com No tax + Shipping: $6.89 $306.88 $299.99
Central Computers No tax + Shipping: $8.02 $307.97 $299.95
WIREDZONE.com No tax + Free shipping $310.81 $310.81
ValleySeek No tax + Shipping: $10.77 $312.32 $301.55
Provantage No tax + Shipping: $5.45 $314.18 $308.73
..... Many results cut
NextWarehouse.com No tax + Free shipping $466.70 $466.70
There were 101 stores listed so I took the 9 cheapest and the most expensive to show what the price curve looks like.
Next, I have to say that Google Products pricing can be very misleading as once you click through to the site the product may have a different price or may be out of stock so I'll check the first few of these and see what I get.
Amazon, seems to be in stock and the price shows as free shipping with or without Amazon Prime.
Newegg, seems to be in stock and the price matches the Google Products listing.
B&H, says Usually ships in 7-14 business days so they may not have stock.
Mwave has it in stock but clicking through shows me a after shipping price of $304.69 vs the $303.95 quoted on Google Products.
I can see both sides of this. OCZ is right that you can get it for $270 in the US because Amazon delivers at that price. The SPCR comment about a $300 street price could be seen as reasonable because tax varies by where you ship it to and "street price" should include any fee that the consumer pays from taxes to S & H to any goofy fee a retailer might choose to add.
The final price will change based on availability and the location of the end user that is going to buy it.