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There are a handful of flash drive related questions customers ask which are difficult to explain. One of the most complicated is on grading the flash memory with the drives. In the USB industry, we’re always hearing people trying to quote Tier-1 or Grade-A flash memory, all of which have conditions, caveats and complications that make the jargon all but indecipherable. At CFgear we’re always trying to simplify the process, so we typically quote our drives depending on your needs. Unlike smaller companies, we’re able able to offer at least four different grades of flash memory to fit any situation. Typically, CFgear ALWAYS produces top quality flash drives with 5 MB/s+ write speeds, and a limited lifetime warranty.

The really tricky part when comparing drives is using the same terms to compare and contrast two separate products. If you’re not careful you could end up comparing a Kumquat and an Orange instead of apples-to-apples! When comparing flash drives, there are two things to keep in mind: speed and durability.

If someone quotes you B graded memory, you’ll be receiving a lower quality of memory. These will typically run around 2 mb/s. B graded memory normally indicates generic/recycled components, or OEM parts within the housing. B-grade drives normally have a much more limited warranty policy, shorter lifespan and often a slightly lower price point. These aren’t going to be name-brand drives, so be sure you ask what you ARE going to receive. This way you can ensure the proper fit for your needs.

Lets take another look at pricing with CFgear as a basis for comparison:

Today, 500 of our 1 GB Exactmatch drives run at $4.27/drive. Pricing includes top quality memory (5 MB/s+ as discussed above) and a lifetime limited warranty. If you need a lower price, and think that slower speeds are acceptable, we can drop you to an OEM chip with a 1-year warranty and 2MB/s speed for around $3.77/drive or B-grade select chip with no warranty for around $3.40/drive

[*Note: Flash drive pricing varies regularly due to market fluctuation. Pricing above should be used as an example, not as a quotation]

CFgear has partnered with some of the largest retailers across the globe, including 100+ e-commerce sites, and we are one of the only companies in the industry to offer a 1-price, 1-grade system for easy comparison and clarity.

That said, if you want to look into saving a few pennies here and there, let us know … only you know what product is the best fit for your needs. It’s too bad more companies don’t take this approach as well, given that we’re CONSTANTLY hearing poor reviews on lousy customer service, and less than stellar product quality

At the end of the day, when you run across a company offering a single price with no specifics, will you know what to do? Talk speed and durability. Make sure you require proper speeds, and then make an apples-to-apples comparison. If you’re still not comfortable give us a call. We’re always standing by to help understand your needs. Think of us as your friend in the business. We’ll ensure you get your project done, and done well. PERIOD.

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