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1GB & 2GB Near End of Life

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Going forward 4GB USB drives will be the entry level size.   Flash memory manufacturers are no longer making 1GB or 2GB flash chips.  The remaining small flash supplies have pretty much dried up to the point at which 4GB flash is virtually the same price.  At this point there is no reason to offer 1GB or 2GB when you can purchase 4GB drives at the same price.

Users should also be concerned about the quality and reliability of 1GB and 2GB flash if other vendors are still offering them.   The quality concern is because any 1GB or 2GB flash is going to be what is known as “marked down” memory.  Marked Down Flash memory is when a flash chip does not pass tests as it expected size and needs to be marked down to a smaller size to find working blocks.  As an example, a flash chip manufacture makes 8GB flash – but during testing – the chips fail to format maybe due to mistakes in the manufacturing process.  Maybe there is only 1GB of usable space in the 8GB chip –  so the chip is “marked down” from 8GB to 1GB.   But as a user of that drive – there would be major concerns that if nearly 90% of the blocks failed – what guarantee do you have that the remaining 10% will be good.  With this concern – LogoIncluded has pretty much discontinued all 1GB and 2GB drives at this time.   If there is a specific need for smaller flash sizes – LogoIncluded can check daily to the availability of small flash sizes but be warned – prices could be higher than 4GB.

PRICE WARNING – Memory Prices Trending up for Q3 & Q4

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

PRICE WARNING:

The price of flash memory, especially 4GB is increasing since middle of last week (6/5/2013).  This trend is likely to continue during Q3 and Q4.  At best we will see prices fluctuating crazily during this time period, and probably trending up over time.   There are several reasons for the price increases:

1. The demand of Mobile Internet Device and cellphones are absorbing huge quantity of flash memory. We have heard rumors from Samsung that due to increasing demand for their mobile devices, their own supply will not be enough to fulfill all of the demand, so they will buy some memory from Toshiba to meet their demand commits, further constraining supply for our channel.

2. Due to developing technologies ( transition from MLC to TLC) and recent conversion to smaller chip die technologies, Toshiba, Intel, Micron, Hynix, etc. are no longer producing memory < 4GB in Capacity as the new die technologies yield 8GB modules. The supply of memory less than 8GB now is predominantly made up of new downgraded 8GB modules.  The supply on capacities greater than 8GB will likely be unstable at best and will continue to cause price volatility, and keep prices from declining from current levels and will probably drive prices up over the long term.

3. And of course the flash manufacturers all want the price to go up as the low levels we have seen over the last several years do not enable them to make sufficient profit on flash chips.

Please be aware of these market conditions and let your customers know – especially for larger opportunities.

Most Competitive Pricing

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

As every Promotional Distributor is aware, the issue of delivering a quality product at the lowest cost is now a greater concern than ever before.  We have  realigned our pricing structure so that you can continue to receive the same superior product and service  at prices that will enable you to stay competitive in this super competitive market segment.

Effective 5/1/13, LogoIncluded will no longer include the split key ring and individual plastic sleeve packaging on USB Flash Drive orders.  By doing this, our Partners will receive a more competitive base price without having to pay for items your client may not be interested in.  These items have been moved over to our “Options” category and can be ordered, if needed / desired by your end customer.   Standard USB bulk packaging will be included at no additional charge.

As always, we appreciate our Distributor Partner relationship and hope these changes will help you close more business, while still offering a quality product that you can stand behind to your customers.


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