Lexar XQD memory cards sold out at Adorama, now in stock at B&H

The Lexar XQD cards sold out pretty quickly at Adorama yesterday. The good news is that B&H has them in stock right now (all three sizes). Act fast before they sold out again.

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  • Bill McKenzie

    Nice how they jacked the prices.

    • SteveWithAnS

      I bought this same version of lexar 64gb card almost 2 years ago for $106 after tax, so has the price really been jacked up? Did the prices ever fall?

      • Bill McKenzie

        Pretty sure I paid about $80 in the summer for the 64gb which is now $93 at Adorama and $107 at B&H.

        Charge what the market will bear.

        • SteveWithAnS

          While you’re pretty sure you paid about $80 over the summer, I am entirely sure I paid $99.90 pre-tax nearly 2 years ago.

          I do recall how when the D5/D500 came out that the third party sellers on Amazon were charging 3 to 4x that amount for anyone dumb enough not to know what a legitimate price was.

          These prices don’t seem awful for anyone that can afford to buy a D5/D500/D850.


          • “These prices don’t seem awful for anyone that can afford to buy a D5/D500/D850.”
            Doesn’t mean we should be gullible and do not check up on the price they ask. And for that matter on amazon if you look a bit more you also find a ridiculously price along with a very reasonable price.
            P.S. Awful is not the word I would use. Maybe inflated.

            • SteveWithAnS

              Doesn’t mean you should be gullible and believe Bill when he says he’s “Pretty sure I paid “”about”” $80″ either. In my book $90 is about $80 but without a screenshot receipt I’m pretty sure the 64gb cards never reached $79.99 pricing. I’d love to be proven wrong 🙂

              P.S. Awful is the word I used and I think it worked fine. Also, there are not any prices on Amazon right now that are better than BH or Adorama…they are out of stock except the overpriced 3rd party sellers which is probably why Peter posted the info to begin with.

            • I paid 84 not far back just at the time they became unavailable. So feel free not to believe me either. What I cannot believe is just 15 days after I bought mine the price shot up to 140+. If you track the prices over some time, you would see the fluctuation.

            • SteveWithAnS

              Since you have an actual number you are more believable than someone that says about $80. I know I saw them at 89.99 before but not 79.99. $84 was a nice pickup. I can’t believe that for the longest time the 128gb cards cost more than buying 2 separate 64gb cards. So much for buying in bulk! It seems that is no longer the case though.

            • I sure was lucky at the time. Especially about the 2 lexar card readers I got at the same time. I got them for 19 each and later until the time I tracked them they were 44 each. Unbelievable.

            • SteveWithAnS

              I am glad I got mine for $24.95. $44 is more than I would pay. A card reader isn’t really a sexy purchase.

            • Bill McKenzie


            • ZoetMB

              Since August of 2017, the lowest price on the Lexar’s at B&H were $64 on the 32 (now $82), $84 on the 64 (now $107) and $135 on the 128 (now $170 but out of stock).

            • Hi. Do you use any software to track prices on B&H or amazon? I was wondering if it is possible.

            • ZoetMB

              I think there are people who have developed such software, but I don’t know what it is. For reasons I can’t get into here, I track certain prices at B&H about once a month. For most Nikon products, it doesn’t matter because except when there are special sales or rebates, the prices don’t change much. They generally sell Nikon products for $3 below the list price ever since Nikon started enforcing minimum selling prices. It always makes me laugh when B&H sells a $10,000+ lens for just $3 off.

              To get around the restrictions, there’s generally a bunch of bonus items when you buy a body,

            • Bill McKenzie

              You can believe me Steve. I know what I am talking about. When you’ve been in the PC business for 35 years you know prices. I know what I am talking about. August 31, 2018 the 64gb Lexar 2933x XQD was $83.65 with free shipping.

          • Neutron

            It is not much changes. Recently price for RAM, PCB, capacitors and now resistors have sky rocketed. Resistors are about 50% more expensive. I’d think you both are paying roughly the same and reasonable price.

          • Allen_Wentz

            The week before you paid $99.90 via Amazon I paid $182.99 via Amazon for the exact same 64 GB card. I guess I was one of the folks dumb enough not to know what a legitimate price was.

            • SteveWithAnS

              Sorry Allen. I guess if you were a pro and needed it you had to have it. I was seeing sketchy third party prices for a while on Amazon back then and waited until ships from and sold by Amazon pricing came back and then pounced on it.

            • Allen_Wentz

              Heck I did not even resent the price for 64 GB of great performance. My first hard drive cost me over $1k for 10 MB (yes, MB).

            • SteveWithAnS

              Wow, I’m am glad storage devices do not cost that much anymore. I remember in 2006 a 1gb flash drive cost $60, but I don’t remember much prior to that.

              Why did the 32gb SD card cost that much? I bought and returned the fastest 64GB Lexar UHS-II card at the same time and it was only $89.99. I returned it because people were complaining about “Card ERR” messages, but the fastest SanDisk one available at the time game me that message last week…but only while reviewing images…

      • I paid 84 dollars for 64 gb ones just 2 days before they became unavailable.

    • Billy

      Global flash storage prices have increased over the last two years. This could also explain some or all of the price increase.

    • fanboy fagz

      thieving beardos.

    • Allen_Wentz

      No, they did not. Overall, prices per GB have been generally falling over time. A few small hiccups are pretty much irrelevant.

      Heck even lame SD costs more than XQD in 128 GB sizes.

  • phyz

    Seems we’re continuously assured XQD manufacturers are going to scale up production and prices will fall.

    Jet packs and flying cars…

    • Spy Black

      You mean AFTER the jet packs and flying cars…

      • TurtleCat

        I’m still waiting for affordable transportation to the moon.

        • ZoetMB

          I’m still waiting for affordable transportation from Queens to Manhattan.

      • Proto

        Shortsighted XQD slot is D850 achilles heel.

        • KnightPhoto

          You mean the shortsighted absence of TWO MATCHING XQD slots 😉

        • Allen_Wentz

          What a flat dumb statement. Don’t you realize how badly SD slows down D850/D500 performance? And that SD costs more in the kinds of sizes D850 shooters buy?

    • Allen_Wentz

      No need. XQD is not only faster than SD it is also less expensive at the large sizes users of D850 need.

  • mikerofoto

    give an hour or two and it will be on back order again

  • Ed Hassell

    Checked my records — I paid as follows:
    Jun 2017 — Lexar 128GB 2933x XQD 2.0 memory cards — 146.95 ea
    Jun 2017 — Lexar 64GB 2933x XQD 2.0 memory cards — 89.49 ea
    Mar 2016 — Lexar 64GB 2933x XQD 2.0 memory cards — 99.90 ea

    The orders for the 64GB cards corresponded with my purchase of D500 bodies. The order for the 128GB cards was placed the day after Micron announced they were dropping the Lexar consumer memory card line in anticipation of my future purchase of the then unannounced D820/D850.

    • “The order for the 128GB cards was placed the day after Micron announced they were dropping the Lexar consumer memory card line in anticipation of my future purchase of the then unannounced D820/D850.”
      LOL but maybe true considering the bulk of memory cards you buy.

      • Ed Hassell

        I don’t buy that many … well, at least, not an unreasonable amount. I pick the size I think reasonable for the camera body and then buy a dozen cards for each one. My premise is that I’m easily covered for a solid week’s worth of shooting without going back to my network.

        I have (rather, will have) three bodies that use XQD — two D500 bodies and, in a couple of months, a D850 body. That’s 3 dozen memory cards. Depending on what I’m doing, that’s a week to 10 days worth for each camera. It’s a one-time purchase. And I don’t see how that’s excessive.

        • I was just kidding. I understand one has to have adequate number of cards for the duration of their trip. I am the same. With backups and all. Just that I don’t go for long durations anywhere so do not need that many. Sorry if I came across as an oaf. Didn’t mean to.

          • Ed Hassell

            Not a problem. I guess I’m just a little sensitive because I’ve been attacked several times about my gear choices. No hard feeling.

  • Sure the price went up, but you have a hot new camera that is driving the price up. And since they sold out, they are obviously not charging enough.

    I imagine that the price will decline as the backlog clears.

    • TurtleCat

      D850s are not selling at that high a rate I’d imagine.

  • zombietimeshare

    I received a notice today from Adorama that a Lexar 64GB 2933x XQD I’ve had on back-order, for months, shipped for $89.95. Surprised it shipped and, seeing the new price, glad I didn’t cancel the back-order.

  • zipduck

    Thanks for the heads up.. the plastic on the edge of my old xqd card peeled off and I had to grab a new one.

  • Jody Grober

    Lexar XQD in 32Gb and 64Gb are available at Roberts Camera as well

  • Jim

    I was pretty upset this week. Ordered a 128GB Lexar XQD for $123 from Amazon. When I opened the box I was holding a 55mm lens cap. If I didn’t know better I would say someone in the pick and pack department knows the value of these things and is doing a switch somewhere. Amazon refunded my purchase, but now they are sold out.

    • Check Ebay. You’ll probably find YOUR card there.

    • B&H still has them in stock – all three sizes, see link in post.

    • The same thing happened to me. A couple months ago I purchased a Lexar SD card (ships and sold from Amazon.com). When it arrived, I received a box for a Lexar CF card and inside was a lens cap.

      • PhilK

        That’s kind of amazing.

        I could see a random one-off by a sneaky employee but since this is precisely what happened to Jim, it’s starting to look like it was a widespread scam of some kind.

        I wonder where in the chain that was happening – manufacturer, reseller, shipper??

        • Jim

          It would be interesting to see the metrics on the customer serivce side to see how many people have had a similar issue. Certainly I have to believe it is not a one off.

        • ZoetMB

          Actually, if it happened at least twice, it might not be a scam and instead might be that Amazon accidentally assigned the wrong SKU or repeated a SKU. Amazon doesn’t use industry standard UPCs for products or ISBN’s (for books). They use their own numbering system. So someone sticks the wrong barcode on the wrong box or shelf and this happens.

          Or, it was a scam because it might too coincidental that both the card and the lens cap are relatively small objects. It’s not like they confused the card with a camera body or a TV and they both probably ship in the same size outer carton.

          Wouldn’t it be funny if it was a mistake made by a robot?

          • PhilK

            But robots are supposed to make everything better, aren’t they??? 😀

            Certainly could be a case of “mistaken SKU”, I guess I’d want to know whether that lens cap came in XQD card packaging or not, to begin with. 😉

      • Very strange.

  • I find it curious that Nikon would make one of the slots XQD without making some assurance that cards would be available. It would be easy enough to have had a few million private labeled.

    • PhilK

      With Nikon’s financial state the last 3-4 years or so, I rather doubt the idea tying up 100’s of millions of dollars in a bunch of 3rd-party accessories which happen to belong to one of the most volatile commodities on the market (flash memory) is realistic.

      Especially since I have not heard of any shortage on Sony cards.

      • br0xibear

        There’s definitely a shortage of Sony XQD cards in the UK and Europe, WEX https://www.wexphotovideo.com/xqd-memory-cards/ along with many other retailers have had little or no XQD cards for months, a few pop up here and there but they are not readily available.
        Why there’s such a shortage I don’t know…are Sony cutting back on stock and manufacture of XQD ?…don’t know.

      • TurtleCat

        And the markup for Nikon branded memory would be really bad…

      • ZoetMB

        Sony cards have often been out of stock at B&H and the 256 in the G-E series and both the 32 and 64 in the M series are all out of stock as of the last time I checked (probably yesterday).

  • Proto

    While D850 does not have issues, its XQD slot will kill its resale value in future. Just watch

    • BVS

      In that case the D5 would be even worse off.

    • Allen_Wentz

      That is an absurd suggestion. Camera cards in pro bodies are not consumables, and XQD will always be available for full body competence. Plus of course the D850 does also have a lame SD slot for folks who do not want full performance.

      Note that D5 users choose XQD by a wide margin for good reason.

    • ZoetMB

      Only if XQD cards disappear.

  • 128GB sold out alreasdy…

  • It’s the Lexar XQD whack-a-mole thread(s.) 🙂

  • mikerofoto

    I guess I was wrong saying it will sold out quick, B&H still have 32 and 64 in stock. WD and Sandisk announced new wireless storage so might be worth getting one of those to add with your XQD cards, so you don’t need many cards and just transfer them on the go.

    • Ed Hassell

      I’ve been using the WD My Passport Wireless Pro since soon after it was first released. I use Sony’s USB 3 XQD reader with it (unfortunately, connected via WD’s USB 2 — what were they thinking?). Works beautifully.

      Later, I bought Samsung’s 4TB SSD and retro-fitted, replacing the WD’s internal 2TB hard drive.

      WD has just announced new models with SSDs built in. Prices aren’t that bad, either.

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