03-23-2009, 05:37 PM
Here's a little experience I had that I thought some folks would find interesting...while I was doing some shopping for PRAM batteries.
I first went to a website called "WeLoveMacs.com" looking for one of the "flat" PRAM batteries used in Mac-Mini's, newer iMacs, and Mac Pro's. "WeLoveMacs" sells them for $29.95.
922-6476 Apple Mac Mini & G5 PRAM Battery (Lithium 3v), Apple Mac and iPod Accessories
I was like "OH MY GOD" are they insane! I was used to paying $4.95 for the PRAM batteries used in older Macs (the ones that are shaped like a short stubby AA battery)...and thought $29.95 for the newer style "flat" PRAM battery was CRAZY!
I then went to one of my favorite Macintosh suppliers OWC/MacSales to shop for the same PRAM battery...and they were selling them for $1.99!
3v Newer Technology Lithium CR2032 coin cell PR... (CR2032) at OWC
I thought "What a difference"...$29.95 vs. $1.99!
So I decided to e-mail "We Love Macs"...and see what the deal was with their HIGH price. They responded by saying that they purchase these "flat" PRAM batteries from Apple for $22.99, and then they mark them up to $29.95.
They said that they didn't realize that these "flat" PRAM batteries could be purchased cheaper somewhere else...seems one of their employees went to Radio Shack, and verified that these "flat" batteries (the same as Apple supplies) can be purchased for $1.99.
So long story short...hopefully they will purchase these "PRAM" batteries from a lower cost supplier in the future (other than Apple).
Of course this little experience/story also reinforces that everyone should definitely shop around before making a purchase.
Hope this helps,