Originally Posted by brb....Godot
Robilar I just phoned Plug & Play again and questioned them about the price on that X6800. What I was told is that the owner of the company is a Huge buyer of chips. He has actually Sold to places like Ingram etc. He'll place orders for a coupla thousand chips at a time and sell to other companies. Apparently because he's a Intel Channel Partner Premier he gets all kinds of deals. He even has one of the new quad cores about to be released sitting on his desk already.
I don't know if this explains it fully.... but it sure makes more sense to me after hearing that. You had the last 8 remaining hairs on my head stand up when you mentioned grey market. The guy I talked to is going to check into more for me but that's the poop on the X6800 as of now.
He sells to ingram? That unfortunately is BS
. There are only a handful of north american distributors that buy direct from intel and Ingram is one of them. Ingram sells parts to Dell. I'm not doubting you but for a guy with 3 stores in a chain i've never heard of (and I had 8 stores at one time in Canada starting in 94 up until 2004), stating that he buys thousands of chips at a time in the Canadian market is pure crap. Ingram Micro's Canadian operation doesn't even stock that much intel inventory and they are the biggest distributor in north america.
incidently they state on their site that they have been in business since 1995 and yet their website was created in 1999.