Crucial m4 128GB Coupon Deal: $219.99

Crucial M4[Expired]

The new Crucial m4, also known as Micron RealSSD C400 (same drive, different branding), is currently going for $219.99 at with  a coupon worth $40 off the list price. This drive is the successor to the popular C300–the first SATA 3.0 capable drive on the market and offers sequential read and write speeds of up to 415MB/s and 175MB/s respectively.

Apply the coupon code CRUCIAL5XX to get the $40 rebate (expires 17 May).

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  1. Maybe it is not quite related to the topic, but what is the actual sum of the related expenses for the consumer who is using “rebates” ?

  2. I’m not entirely sure what you mean. As far as I know there’s no additional costs involved for the consumer when using a rebate like this, but if you are counting the entire marketing infrastructure involved we could make it a long discussion indeed.

    For SSDs specifically I know for a fact that some retailers are selling them at cost or even at a loss just to catch customers who hopefully buy other stuff as well. This has been a reasonably successful business model for consoles like the PS3/Xbox360 (both sold at a loss, with expensive games on the side), but I can’t see how it will work in the long run for SSDs.

    But perhaps the shrink to cheaper 25nm NAND has helped in this regard(?) In that case I have no idea whether it’s the manufacturers or retailers who are better off. Not that I mind either of them making money for their efforts as long as the marketing is honest, but as you know there have been a few question marks there lately, without naming names.

    On a side note I have one of these little 25nm wonders on the way (but the 256GB version of the m4/C400). Will post a review when it gets here.

  3. I meant exactly the related expenses. In case of a normal discount, you have from very little to no related expenses. In case of “rebate” you may have expenses related to sending something over normal mail, if you pay for the envelope, for example. That way the cost of every additional action is included into the final calculation of your expenses as a final consumer.
    That way, if you purchase something worth 0.1$, and pay 100$ for delivery, the end-point price of the item for you would be 100.1$, not 0.1$. If you pay 10$ more for document processing, the end-point price for you would be 110.1$.
    Another example related to delayed discounts – if you purchase something for 200$ price and receive a money return of 100$, but you have to make a separate trip to your local bank, the end-point price for you would include the cost of traveling to the bank (and most likely back). For example, you wasted 1$ worth of fuel, and the final price for you would be in absolute values 99$, not 100$.
    From the side of the seller the price would be in case of such “indirect discount” = (price)-(total amount of “discounts” returned)/(number of items sold) – (total return expenses)/(number of items sold).
    I hope you get my point. Do not take even advertisement terms for granted.

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