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I just had a quick question. I already ordered the X-Fi, but I was wondering why is it so closely priced with the Audigy 2 ZS when its supposed to be like 24 times faster/better (maybe just the audigy not audigy 2 zs, Im not sure)
I ordered my X-Fi for $113 and the Audigy 2 ZS was $95. ( I am taking prices from Zipzoomfly.com, the prices may vary more, but I am using that site as a means of camparison between the product lines.)Only a $18 difference for something thats like 10 times better. Im not complaining at all.
I just wanted to know why the prices are so close. Or is it just an incentive to get buyers to get the X-Fi instead of the Audigy 2 ZS. Because the next step up in the X-FI line to the X-FI Platnium ($175.00) it is a $62 increase, just for the Front I/O Panel and remote. Which I guess is justifiable because it does open a whole new window of connectivity. But when you look at the Audigy 2 ZS Platnium ($179.99) it costs more then the newer and better X-Fi Platinum.
    
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It has somthing to do with computer prices in general, its the same reason why on newegg there is an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 939 for $170 and an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 939 for $164. Its really based on supply, and not so much how many they have, but how many are being bought and the not having a need for charging that much becuase they're making the same amount or more that they would if the price were higher.

On newegg at least, if somthing gets bought up constantly it usually drops in price, but ONLY that product not its predecessor or underling.
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I see what you are saying, It makes since. Cause I bought my cpu for like $12 more then the 3500+ I think it was.
    
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Originally Posted by lightsource
It has somthing to do with computer prices in general, its the same reason why on newegg there is an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 939 for $170 and an AMD Athlon 64 3200+ 939 for $164. Its really based on supply, and not so much how many they have, but how many are being bought and the not having a need for charging that much becuase they're making the same amount or more that they would if the price were higher.

On newegg at least, if somthing gets bought up constantly it usually drops in price, but ONLY that product not its predecessor or underling.
ACtually the reason they are so close is because its the same chip but the 3200 has the extra multiplier.
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I see what you are saying, It makes since. Cause I bought my cpu for like $12 more then the 3500+ I think it was.
Also, stores try to break even on what they paid for items, regardless of what the fair market value currently is. I have a local shop that is selling a 6800 Ultra at a higher price than the 7800 gtx cards simply because they paid a ton for it when they bought it. The owner said he was simply trying to break even on the card.
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Also, stores try to break even on what they paid for items, regardless of what the fair market value currently is. I have a local shop that is selling a 6800 Ultra at a higher price than the 7800 gtx cards simply because they paid a ton for it when they bought it. The owner said he was simply trying to break even on the card.
Thats ridiculous.
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Thats ridiculous.
Yep, but the sad part is some uninformed buyer will walk in a buy it. They'll see the world "Ultra" and ask a store employee if it's an awesome card and boom, it's sold. If I owned the store, I'd rather take a small loss than run the risk of having a customer later find out he's been completely ripped off.
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Yep, but the sad part is some uninformed buyer will walk in a buy it. They'll see the world "Ultra" and ask a store employee if it's an awesome card and boom, it's sold. If I owned the store, I'd rather take a small loss than run the risk of having a customer later find out he's been completely ripped off.
Cutting off all future oppourtunities with that person and any family/friends.
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Originally Posted by sccr64472
Yep, but the sad part is some uninformed buyer will walk in a buy it. They'll see the world "Ultra" and ask a store employee if it's an awesome card and boom, it's sold. If I owned the store, I'd rather take a small loss than run the risk of having a customer later find out he's been completely ripped off.
The sad part is 99% of computer store employees are misinformed too.
Creating a cycle of misinformation.
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Yeah when I bought my 3200+ Venice it was only $142
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