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post #11 of 31
Hey at every McDonalds the items on the value menu are all $.99 each. Thats it I'm gonna file a class action suit..... Seriously, its not like you have to buy a $500 graphics card.
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post #12 of 31
I think that many people here are misunderstanding the concept of price fixing. Price fixing is when the leaders of an industry coordinate the prices of certain items to keep those prices artificially high. Normally competition forces companies to lower prices in order to gain a competitive edge, but when they coordinate to keep prices up and hurt the consumer they've violated anti-trust laws
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post #13 of 31
Wow, Inquirer, its like the CNN / New York Times of tech news....
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post #14 of 31
Quote:
Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post
Wow, Inquirer, its like the CNN / New York Times of tech news....
Hehe, I like how you put that.
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post #15 of 31
Do you really think it costs ATI or NVidia $450 with a $50 markup to make the high end cards? Most likely not its probably in the $25 range per card...and even if you calculate in development costs, they're still overprice.

Its like Best Buy, my buddy can buy HDMI cables for 5% over cost or around $30, so if the cable is $90-$100 that means there is a markup rate in the range of 200%-300%. Now if that isn't crap then I don't know what is.
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post #16 of 31
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Originally Posted by pauldovi View Post
Wow, Inquirer, its like the CNN / New York Times of tech news....
http://money.cnn.com/2006/12/01/tech...ion=2006120113

proof enough? Or do you have to wait for the almighty Anandtech link or something.. -_-
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post #17 of 31
Developing the tech to make the cards is in the billion doller range. to make up for losses they charge more for cards. seriously, it cant be $25 to make the technology: warrenties, error checking, machinery or employees assembling the card, maitenence on machines, and more than i could comprehend to ensure YOUR card lasts and works properly. $25 a card wont pay millions or workers and CEO's.

Rich people need money too.
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post #18 of 31
Yeah.. people need to take a step back and take a look at the process to make video cards... it's not like a $1 store mouse...
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post #19 of 31
I agree that it costs a lot to make cards and that's why they markup prices but maybe they're looking more into the fact that a company researches and develops a product but sells many versions of it with some of it disabled and having the regular product priced on the far end. (x1900pro and x1900xtx for example)
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post #20 of 31
Quote:
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I agree that it costs a lot to make cards and that's why they markup prices but maybe they're looking more into the fact that a company researches and develops a product but sells many versions of it with some of it disabled and having the regular product priced on the far end. (x1900pro and x1900xtx for example)
But that has nothing to do with what the DOJ is investigating, they're trying to prove that ATI and Nvidea collaberated to keep prices where they are right now, which is absolutly not true, however there is such a thing as industry standard pricing you know. Besides you'll pay $600 for a ps3 and around $600 (usually) for bleeding edge gpu's that out perform said ps3. This whole thing sounds fishy.
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