Originally Posted by imcrouse
Does it take a month for the case to come in from Hong Kong? Why does that put it to mid May?
Boats from Hong Kong that carry containers full of cases take weeks to get to the US or Europe, but are very economical. If a container costs $4,000 to ship and we can fit 500 cases in it, then the shipping per case is $8.
Planes from Hong Kong that carry individual cases to various spots do it overnight, but are very expensive. If a 900D is shipped from Hong Kong to Germany, on next-day air, the price is like $280 US or something.
Now this is heavily based on dimensions - the difference isn't that pronounced for stuff like memory. Maybe a box full of 100 8GB modules ships for $250 via air shipping, or $2.50 per module. A bigger box full of 1000 8GB modules ships for maybe $500 as part of a pallet share in a container, or $0.50 per module.
But that $2 per module difference can easily be eaten up by the volatile memory market in the 3-4 weeks it takes the boat to get to the US or Europe, so almost all volatile or very small products like memory, flash drives, SSDs, etc, are flown due to high value density and potential shifts in the costs of RAM eating up margins.
With cases, PSUs, keyboards, CPU coolers, etc - the items are larger and way less volatile in pricing - so it's safer and cheaper to ship via ocean.