The lovely Courtney writes:
oh lovely mir,
any idea where i can get the best deal on memory cards for our new digital camera?
Many a bargain hunter scores a great deal on a digital camera only to realize that the included 16 MB card doesn’t hold very many pictures. Oops! And then when you start looking around for a deal on a card, it may seem like your great deal wasn’t so great after all.
Memory is pretty cheap these days. Gone are the days when any savings of $5 or $10 would be enough to entice buyers. Now, the most common promotions on memory are for much more appreciable chunks of money, but in the form of mail-in rebates. Stores like Office Depot and Staples have promos like that all the time.
Me? I’m anti-rebate. It’s too easy for the rebate center to reject your request and too annoying to fight for your money. True, sometimes you mail in your rebate materials and get a check back the way you’re supposed to. But I prefer to avoid the entire process.
If you choose to do a rebate deal, photocopy everything and send your paperwork in via certified mail.
If you’re looking for an outright deal that doesn’t involve rebates, check out the memory cards at Overstock. As with everything at Overstock, if they have what you need, you’re likely to find a deal. But they only have what they have. (Obviously.) Their stock changes often, so check back if you don’t find what you need.
And there’s always memory cards at Amazon. Some of them qualify for free shipping. I’d sort by price and do some browsing there.
In general I would caution against buying a brand you’ve never heard of before. I actually did ask Otto about this (Otto has kind of a lot of cameras) to find out what brands he recommends, and the problem is that I got distracted by his general cuteness and forgot part of his answer. SanDisk and Ridata were two brands he recommended, I believe. Maybe he’ll check in later and tell us what the third brand is that he recommends.
As for speeds and such… well, that depends. If you’re a casual, hobby photographer, you don’t have to worry about that. Speed is an issue if you’ll be taking dozens of frames in a row, or if you’ll be filling up a 2 GB card several times in the course of a day and needing to upload photos pronto. And if you’re that sort of photographer, you’re probably not here asking me where to get a deal. So.
Hopefully that gives you a starting point. I’m sure other folks will chime in with ideas, too. Me, I’m totally planning on just swiping cards from Otto from now on, so I am perhaps not as invested in solving this mystery as I might be, otherwise.
Oh, look over there! Something shiny!