Several of our sons’ college professors are requiring students in class to bring a portable USB or ‘flash’ drive to class. When I discovered that flash drive was listed on the college bookstore supplies list, I did some price comparison shopping. Here are the best sources and buying options of USB drives.
To begin with, the college bookstore’s prices were no where near the best for the required USB (Universal Serial Bus) Flash drive which came listed as a requirement for his computer class. Had I just blindly swiped my credit card without doing the math, I would have bought a 2 GB (gigabyte) USB drive for $20. I had just seen 4 GB USB flash drives for $10 at Wal-Mart. Hmmm…twice the storage on the USB drive for half the price? I can do the math on that one. And I have no doubt that other college bookstores would have similar pricing. Our boys are going to a community college where one would hope the emphasis was on setting reasonable prices.
I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but you would think that colleges would at least have access to the best pricing on equipment and pass the savings along to students. At the very least, colleges should not mark up school supplies sold to students. College is expensive enough.
Beside Wal-Mart, Staples is another great resource for purchasing USB flash drives. Staples sells a PNY Attache 2 GB USB flash drive for $9.99. Staples also carries a red 4 GB Sandisk Cruzer USB flash drive on clearance for $9.99 and other other 4 GB USB flash drives for $19.99 (Staples Relay and a Sandisk Cruzer in Black or Pink, for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Awareness Drive.) Best Buy has a 2 GB HP USB flash drive for $7.99, and 8GB HP USB drive for $14.99 and a whopping 16 GB USB Drive for $29.99, all HP brand. That’s like getting eight of the 2 GB college USB drives, each for less than $4 each. All of these USB flash drives are a far better value than the college bookstore flash drive. I’m not a member at Sam’s Club or Costco, but I know from the prices that I’ve read that these places offer great pricing options also. Don’t be fooled into paying more for less at your college bookstore. Do the math and shop around.