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post #21 of 47
If it has been discontinued then I think I can say why. Two factors: low profit margin, and high RMA rate. MX blue switches are finicky, and get damaged easily. When Filco started selling MX blue keyboards in the US they had to introduce extra QC checks to make sure that they didn't have major issues.

Razer sold 10,000 BlackWidows, and I bet they got 2,000 back in RMA. Replacing those keyboards with back-up stock probably ate up all their profit margin, maybe even drove that product's performance into the red. So they discontinued it, and are now just trying to flush out as much stock as possible, which explains the frequent deals and low prices. Pretty soon when they've gotten rid of all of them, when you try to get a replacement they'll say, "Sorry we don't have any in stock, how about a Lycosa?"


But this is all speculation.
post #22 of 47
ZOMG!!!

I'd certainly listen to some MicroCenter dweeb in Minnesota (did I spell that right)?

Meanwhile at Xarmor.....

http://www.xarmor-usa.com/store_closed.html

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You drove 60 miles for a damn keyboard lol? Why not order one off amazon or newegg?
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129;12419515 
If it has been discontinued then I think I can say why. Two factors: low profit margin, and high RMA rate. MX blue switches are finicky, and get damaged easily. When Filco started selling MX blue keyboards in the US they had to introduce extra QC checks to make sure that they didn't have major issues.

Razer sold 10,000 BlackWidows, and I bet they got 2,000 back in RMA. Replacing those keyboards with back-up stock probably ate up all their profit margin, maybe even drove that product's performance into the red. So they discontinued it, and are now just trying to flush out as much stock as possible, which explains the frequent deals and low prices. Pretty soon when they've gotten rid of all of them, when you try to get a replacement they'll say, "Sorry we don't have any in stock, how about a Lycosa?"


But this is all speculation.

its more likely Razer can't make them fast enough to keep up with demand, so why bother with a low volume B&M like Microcenter
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Originally Posted by bojinglebells;12421809 
its more likely Razer can't make them fast enough to keep up with demand, so why bother with a low volume B&M like Microcenter

Must be because of the 'special versions' of those Cherry switches they have to make. wink.gif
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post #26 of 47
with the microcenter site, if you choose a local store, it'll only show you results that the store has in stock.
Regarding the keyboard, unless its listed as Z deck in microcenter's system, it is not discontinued.

And this keyboard isn't discontinued.
post #27 of 47
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Originally Posted by Garyx24;12421300 
You drove 60 miles for a damn keyboard lol? Why not order one off amazon or newegg?



already answered, didnt have 1 at all.

and id prefer if its not, then I can go get my 20$ a blackwidow when they get one in stock.
post #28 of 47
Now it DOES look like the Steelseries 7G has been discontinued. HardForum link.

Makes sense. It's an old PS/2 keyboard.
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Dang, whats a guy to do now, no Steelseries, no blackwidow I can get my hands on.

No Leopold's
No Xarmor

Deck, Das or wait, damn.

or borrow money and snag something now haha.
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Originally Posted by Amw86;12426167 
Dang, whats a guy to do now, no Steelseries, no blackwidow I can get my hands on.

No Leopold's
No Xarmor

Deck, Das or wait, damn.

or borrow money and snag something now haha.

In case you didn't know yet:
http://www.overclock.net/overclock-net-related-news-information/942878-overclock-net-launches-our-branded-line.html

Likely better than everything save perhaps a Deck Legend.
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