How much to pay for a SanDisk 64 GB USB Flash Drive? The short answer to that question is, as little as possible. Of course I couldn’t end this post with that short answer. I’ve got a to share the tale of 3 flash drives. Before I share my flash drive tale, I’ve got to explain how this all came about. For those of you only interested in the flash drive tale, skip the next two paragraphs and pick up at the subheading “The Tale Begins.”
Having purchased a new car radio that has a USB slot, I decided to download music and books onto a flash drive and keep it permanently inserted in the radio’s USB slot. I’ll only need to take it out when I want to add more music or other books.
Yes, I know an iPod is more than adequate for listening to music and audio books, but my iPod’s On/Off and volume control buttons no longer work and the computer repair guy said it’s not worth fixing. I pretty much only use the iPod when I’m driving so I thought, why spend a couple hundred dollars for such limited use. I can buy a flash drive and enjoy similar functionality. As long as I can hear my audio books while driving, I’m a happy camper.
The Tale Begins
I decided to go for a 64GB flash drive, which is more than adequate for my needs. I was about to run over to my local Best Buy to pick one up so I could begin loading it with books and music when I decided to browse online first. After all, I’m an Amazon Prime customer; let me see what Amazon could do for me.
Here’s what Best Buy had to offer:
In case the image is blurry or too small to read, Best Buy offers a 64 GB Cruzer Glide USB 2.0 made by SanDisk for $49.99. The model number is SDCZ60-064G-A46.
Next I go to Amazon to see what they have to offer. Here’s what they had:
Again, in case you cannot read the image they’re offering a 64 GB Cruzer Glide USB 2.0 made by SanDisk for $19.85 + $2.25 shipping. The model number is SDCZ60-064G-A46. Total expenditure would be $22.10, a savings of $27.89.
Being a Prime customer, I wanted to find a flash drive eligible for Amazon Prime and this is what I found:
Amazon Prime offers a 64 GB Cruzer Glide USB 2.0 made by SanDisk for $18.00. Since it’s a Prime purchase, 2-day shipping is included. The model number is SDCZ60-064G-AFFP, a savings of $31.99. This flash drive, however, is slightly different from the one being sold by Best Buy. Best Buy’s model number ends in A46 and the one I purchased ends in AFFP.
Not sure of the difference between AFFP and A46, I did a quick Google search and found out that AFFP stood for “Amazon Frustration Free Packaging.” AFFP makes the deal even sweeter. When I receive my flash drive I won’t spend an inordinate amount of time trying to free it from the packaging.
Bottom line, by shopping on Amazon, I could conceivably purchase two 64GB flash drives for less than the cost of one at Best Buy. Whether you’re an Amazon Prime customer or not, it pays to comparison shop at Amazon. Sometimes, but not always, local stores will match Amazon’s pricing. It doesn’t hurt to ask. If they say no, you can always buy it on Amazon.