08-03-2008 11:55 AM
08-03-2008 05:33 PM
As I pointed out in your other thread: It's OK if you (a) can deal with the rebate and (b) understand it's a MicroSDHC (*not* MicroSD) card. The v2 players will accept MicroSDHC cards; v1 players, however, must be Rockboxed to accept them.
I wouldn't do too much posting of this either, since SanDisk also sells its own flash memory cards. Though I got one of these (my testing will have to wait till I Rockbox my player), I'm sure SanDisk would rather sell you their own cards.
08-04-2008 02:04 AM
Not too bad a deal, but it is a class 4, which means it will have a lower transfer rate (2/3 of) than class 6 cards. Newegg has a class 6 Transcend 4gb card w/ SD adapter for $13.75, but $6.99 shipping brings it up to $20.74 after paying shipping costs. On the plus side, newegg has uber fast shipping.
I've never heard of Dane-Elec, not that my never hearing of it matters too much. I only bring that up because I've been burned by vaporware "rebates" in the past. Take all rebate offers well salted, especially when the offer is from an unknown company.
08-04-2008 05:34 AM
And, if you go for "Egg Saver" shipping (USPS, $2.69 on this one), the equivalent of Buy.com's free shipping on the Dane-Elec card, it's $16.44 with shipping. Of course, it's not as "uber fast" as Newegg's usual shipping (UPS, 3 days max--if the warehouse is close like mine, next-day UPS Ground), but fast enough; I ordered another card from Newegg on Monday and got it Saturday, same as from Buy.com. (Possibly even faster, but my mailman holds most packages till Saturdays as I work during the day and my mailbox is rather small.) Not to mention, of course, that the Dane-Elec rebate deal is now over--but Newegg's deal lives on.
I have heard of Dane-Elec, though I didn't know till just the other day that it's a French company (though the cards are made in Asia like everyone else--mine was from Japan). My first Dane-Elec MicroSD card, a 1GB from a local Target (complete with MiniSD, full-size SD, and USB adapters), was OK, so I thought I'd use this to try out Rockbox. The other cards I have are all Kingstons; from the card markings, it seems both companies get their cards from the same manufacturer (Toshiba, perhaps--but definitely not SanDisk). I haven't seen a real Transcend card, so I don't know who makes them.
Though I went ahead and took the plunge, I agree with you on rebates. I got burned recently by an unheard-of cordless-phone maker (of no relevance to this board) who doesn't honor their rebates, even if you jump thru all the hoops. Thankfully, (a) their phones were a good deal for their features even without the rebates--they might have made it if they'd just dropped the rebates; and (b) both came from reputable retailers (both part of chains--one brick-and-mortar, one online) who honored the rebates themselves after I complained to them. It also helps to keep the pressure on; I had another company recently claim they didn't get my UPC code, but I quickly sent my copy with UPC to their resubmission department--they backed down a week later.