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I hate Costco...

...but that's mostly because of the crowds of morons (who don't understand traffic while driving in the parking lot or while pushing a cart around the store) and the lackadaisical "organization" of the store (and those center aisles too narrow to fit two carts down doesn't help either).

It's still a good source for tech bargains (if you're not fussy about specific brands or models).

Case in point. I needed a DVD burner and an external drive for the machine at home (no, 160gb of disk isn't really enough once it's been sliced up to make for a more stable and long-lived installation, thank you very much).

A 300gb Maxtor OneTouch III Firewire 400/USB 2.0 priced out better than other 300gb drives without Firewire or the bundled Maxtor OneTouch Manager (EMC Retrospect Express HD Edition back-up software, actually) at the discount houses I checked.

A HP dvd740e drive priced out lower than most 8x double-layer DVD burners without Lightscribe Labeling. I'll probably never use the LightScribe functionality (LightScribe media sells for about 3x the price of regular DVD media) but you never know.

They also had 100-packs of TDK DVD-R and DVD+R media for $40. I'm set for a while.

All in all, not a bad tech shopping day.


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Apr. 17th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
What'd the drive run ya? I gotta get one so's I can edit my documentary...but I don't wanna spend a lot of money!
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
$130, pretty good for a (theoretically) 16x DVD burner with double-layer capability.
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
I get the feeling that HP is subsidizing the lightscribe drives, based on seeing how cheap they are now.

My guess is that they might be trying to pull the same sales model as the inkjet-printer scam, where the printer actually sells at a loss just so they can push "replenishables" (ie: ink cartridges and photo paper) at a heavy profit.
Apr. 17th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
HP doesn't manufacture any of the drives. It's just Costco pricing.
Apr. 18th, 2006 08:05 am (UTC)
Hewlett Packard developed Lightscribe and licenses the technology to all drive and disc manufacturers that implement it.

It's well within their realm of influence to control the pricing, which is typical of how they market other products.
Apr. 17th, 2006 08:49 pm (UTC)
It's no accident
Costco is a genius at how they set up their stores. They do the random putting of merchandise deliberately so that you have to wander around aimlessly and see other merchandise you can't live without, such as the drum o' the latest BBQ sauce, etc. Being from Seattle, I was on the ground floor (so to speak) when they were planning stores to get maximum output of "add on" sales. But the good thing about Costco is that you can pretty much go into any store, and it is a familiar format with all the staples, but those new fangled thingies, oh my!
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