[rescue] Crucial M500 240GB SSD is $90 at Amazon and NewEgg

Peter Corlett abuse at cabal.org.uk
Sat Nov 22 17:56:55 CST 2014

On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 06:22:32PM -0500, hike wrote:
> A while back, I asked about SSDs.  Someone mentioned that Amazon had a sale
> on the Crucial M500 240GB SSD.  I forget the price but now both Amazon and
> NewEgg have this model for $89.99.

I assume that's before sales tax, in which case it would seem to be the going
price anyway, since it's routinely knocked-down to #69.99 on Amazon UK:


#69.99 includes 20% VAT, giving a base price of #58.32 or $91.30.
Alternatively, the current price of #77.99 is #64.99 ex VAT or $101.75.

This is likely a temporary price rise so they can be knocked back down to a
"bargain" #69.99 in next week's sales.

> Since someone steered me into a sale, I thought someone else might be in the
> market for an SSD at a good price.

I am a tad wary of cheap Crucial SSDs after I ended up with a dodgy batch of
(IIRC) M300s.  I had four 128GB units, all of which had atrocious write
performance of about 30MB/s, and two of which failed within a week.  I RMAed
them and never did receive replacements, but it's not as if I was ever likely
to put them back into production anyway.

If I were in the market for another SSD, I'd be getting a Samsung drive which
has a better balance of reputation, performance and price.  The 256GB 840 EVO
is currently #91.50 on Amazon UK.

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