I just sold a set on Friday of the Sniper series, but rated at DDR3-1866 on another forum for $45 shipped, and I also bought a quad kit of DDR3-2133 for $100, or the equivalent of $50 per 2x4GB, so adjusting for the higher rated clock speeds, I think that the $35-40 is more in line.
And while ram prices may drop in the future, that has no bearing on what they are today...pay close attention you will see that prices are trickling back up. Browse thru the memory selection at Newegg, or better yet, Google the topic and you'll see that this isn't just an opinion. The increase in costs to the module manufacturers will slowly trickle up the line and as Newegg resupplies, their pricing will reflect this. For example, even though the Samsung "Wonder Ram" is out of stock at the Egg, have you noticed that the listed price is nearly $50, where it used to list for around $36?
Excerpt from linked article with info on this topic (dated 02/06/13):
As top-tier makers of dynamic random access memory continue to reduce shipments of commodity DRAM, price has become a secondary consideration for PC OEMs as their top priority is to secure their supply source. As a result, memory market tracking companies report considerably increase of DRAM pricing compared to early January.
DRAMeXchange, a division of global market research firm TrendForce, the limited supply of mainstream memory has strengthened DRAM module prices, bringing 4GB module price to $17.75 - $18 for the second half of January, a $0.50 or nearly 3% increase over the first half of January. Average 4GB price for the entire month rose by 11.11%, a rare occurrence in the past few years due to continually weak demand on the DRAM market.
At press time, one untested [eTT] 2Gb DDR3 chip cost $1.215 on average at Taiwan's spot market, 2Gb DDR3 1333MHz/1600MHz chip's price was approximately $1.363/$1.3, whereas 4Gb DDR3 1600MHz memory IC was priced at $2.43 on average on the spot market. It is noteworthy that spot prices increased considerably compared to previous months.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/memory/display/20130206132707_Commodity_Memory_Price_Increase_Continues_4GB_DDR_Module_Now_Costs_18.htmlEdited by Reefa_Madness - 3/3/13 at 6:34am