It's yet another eBay sale, but from the seller Tigerdirect.com, which -- many know -- has its own retail website and has been featured here with deals on its own site, in the past. In this case, the deal is for a Samsung 840 Series 250GB Solid State Drive.
We've seen a number of recent deals for SSDs in the past week or so, but this is the lowest we've seen. The price amounts to $129.99 After a $30 mail-in rebate. That is, of course, the feared mail-in rebate that consumers hate as it is sometimes denied, but still.
The rebate form is available here. Here are the necessary caveats:
Valid on purchases made between Sept. 25, 2013 and Sept. 28, 2013
The rebate must be postmarked within 60 days of purchase.
The rebate is in USD currency and may be paid with a prepaid reward card.
NOTICE: Limit (3) ONE rebates per person, billing address, company, or household.
This same drive is being sold for $177.99 (at the time of this writing) on Amazon.com.
In terms of technical specifications, the drive is described as follows:
Drive Type: Internal
Capacity: 250 GB
Interface Type: SATA III 6Gbit/s
Write Speed: Up to 250 MB/s
Read Speed: up to 540 MB/sec
Form Factor: 2.5-inches
MTBF: 1,500,000 hrs.
Temperature, Operating (°C): 0 to 60
SSDs are the computer storage wave of the future for speed. Rather than using a head that "flies" over the surface of a hard drive and has to spin to the correct position to read a file, an SSD, similar to a flash drive, can address a file directly.
The problem was -- and still is -- pricing vs. standard hard drives. However. prices have been coming down. A comparably sized 7,200 RPM hard drive sells for about $50 or less.
Interestingly enough, we always warn readers that they should check the feedback ratings for a seller, before buying from them. We've also -- in the past -- stated that we prefer to buy only from sellers with 99 percent positive feedback or higher.
Strangely, in this case a major retailer, Tigerdirect.com, has a rating of "only" 98.3 percent positive. It has 260,551 ratings overall, though, and we know the company is reliable as we have ordered from their main website. Don't be concerned about their reliability.