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Cheap Promotional USB Flash Drives – Fact or Fiction

Posted by USB2U on 9th October 2015 | Permalink

If you’re working to a tight budget and you want to buy as many printed USB flash drives, as your budget will allow, then it’s natural to make your buying decision based on price and price alone. After all, aren’t all flash drives pretty much all the same? If so, why on earth would you pay more than the cheapest price you’re offered?

If cheap flash drives are what you’re looking for then just by searching the web and pinging out a few requests for prices you’re certainly going to find them. You’re also likely to be really surprised at just how much price variance there is when you get the quotes back.

Why do the prices differ so much and why is it not always a good idea to just choose the cheapest supplier?

Before you rush to place your order just consider that any promotional item printed with your brand or logo effectively becomes an ambassador for you company. Assuming you don’t want your brand reputation damaged don’t buy cheap. Is it really worth saving a few pennies and risking the vast sums that have gone into developing your brand? Don’t do it. Don’t risk your brand and your company’s image by buying and giving out cheap/shoddy products, it’s just not worth it.

It’s a fallacy to think that all flash drives are created equal. In fact it’s one of those products where it’s incredibly easy to dupe the buyer.

Fully assembled (and printed) flash drives look the same on the outside and whilst you might be “wowed” by the quality of the print and finish it’s just as import (if not more important) what’s on the inside of your USB drives.

When your order arrives will you really be able to tell if your drives have been assembled using the promised “Grade A” flash memory chips and top quality controllers? How will you check? What will you be looking for? Or do you just take it at face value that you’ve been delivered what you were promised and what you’ve paid for?

The reality is that when you buy very cheap USB flash drives there is a very strong likelihood that you’re going to get a product that looks OK but is assembled from poor quality, often re-cycled components. They might also be “masked” (an industry phrase that is used to describe a technique for making a small memory chip look much bigger e.g. a 128MB might show up as a 4GB stick).

Arguably the worst thing you could do is to distribute sticks that are not what they seem that underperform, that fail, that crash and that lose the users important data  – do this and your brand will become associated with a negative experience and this is something you absolutely want to avoid.

If you are being offered prices below the general market price ask yourself why but more importantly ask your supplier why. Ensure you get some guarantees on the grade of chipset being used and check the credentials of your chosen supplier. Use 3rd party web sites like Trustpilot to see what other customers are saying about them, check out their financial credentials and make sure they’re not operating from a “back bedroom and finally buy locally so you have some recourse in law should things go wrong!

As with everything in life you get what you pay for and promotional USB flash drives are no exception! Cheap promotional flash drives are available just go into buying them with your eyes wide open to the risks!

USB2U and relax

Choose USB2U and Relax -you’re in safe hands!


Branded Flash Drives – Prices Fall As Sterling Exchange Rate Recovers

Posted by USB2U on 4th August 2010 | Permalink

There has never been a better time to purchase branded memory sticks. Several factors have come together to make the perfect storm allowing the sharp fall in Branded Memory stick prices. The two primary drivers are a six month high for the UK Pound against the US Dollar and an over capacity of flash memory in the Far East.

The exchange rate has continued to improve given that it hit a 14 month low in May. Since that time, Sterling has risen by more than 11 percent, due especially to the stronger than expected news about the UK economy and the austerity plan put in place by the new government. Investors who bet against the UK Pound have been forced to unwind their deals, which helped to push the UK currency higher.

This has also been helped by the fears that the US economy may not be doing as well as investors had hoped.

Why is this important for the price of branded memory sticks? In short, almost all Flash chips used for Branded Memory sticks are manufactured in the Far East and the US Dollar is the preferred method of payment. Branded Flash Drives are more susceptible to short term currency movements because orders are placed on factories and paid for as customers confirm their requirements. Whilst some forward buying of stock does take place the wide range of styles, colours and memory sizes coupled with the fact that many customers take advantage of pantone colour matching the body of Memory Sticks it is impossible to forward buy too much.

With the improvement in global transportation and the ability to manufacturer and ship within a few days rather than weeks more Branded Flash drives are manufactured to order, hence why currency variation has such as dramatic bearing on price.

There is also a lull in the manufacturer of electronic items, which has reduced the price of flash chip, the core cost for any Branded Memory Stick.

So will this last? Whilst all the underlying factors are improving the currency rates have been so volatile over that past months that it is difficult to predict whether this will continue on an upward trend or in fact fall back again.

What is certain is that the demand for flash will increase over the coming weeks in preparation for the Christmas trading period and this will drive the price of flash up. Especially for 1Gb and 2Gb memory sticks.

So if you are thinking of purchasing Branded Flash Drives, anytime over the coming months, then it may be prudent to secure today’s price as there is no telling how long the perfect storm will last.

usb stick with a cruise ship on it

Branded Memory Stick


Cheap USB Flash Drives for Universities & Fresher Fairs

Posted by USB2U on 5th July 2010 | Permalink

If you’re looking for some USB flash drives at a bargain price then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got some exclusive deals for Schools and Universities that’ll blow your socks off! Well we hope they will anyway.

To be clear when w talk about cheap USB flash drives we’re not talking about “cheap and nasty”, poor quality, poor performing flash drives but instead we’re talking about fantastically discounted offers that are only available to Schools & Universities in the UK.

University Flash Drive

University Flash Drive

We recognise that following the recent election that school and local education authority budgets are coming under renewed pressure and we want to help you get the “best bang for buck” when procuring USB flash drives. As an example we’ve got some cracking Buffalo super fast Firestix 1GB flash drives that have an amazing read/write speed of 32MB per second and we’re almost giving these away at under £3 each – numbers are limited so they are available on a first come first served basis only.

If you’d rather get some flash drives printed with your school or university logo or crest on then not a problem as we supply tens of thousands of these every month! Just let us know what you need (numbers, memory size, type of flash drive) and send us you logo and we’ll not only get back to you with some cracking prices but we’ll also work up some examples of memory sticks for you to consider.

With USB2U there are no hidden extras, not nasty incidental costs that are tucked away in the small print and there is certainly no compromise on the quality of products. We will give you our best price in a simple, uncomplicated proposal with examples of what you flash drives will look like and remember that we only ever supply branded memory sticks with Grade A flash memory chips modules and we certainly never supply re-cycled or “re-graded” flash modules.

All of our school and university customers are guaranteed immediate 30 day terms and all we need from you to get the process started a school or university Purchase Order or an email confirming your order. That’s it. Simple isn’t it.

Still not convinced? Well, here is the full list of discount and benefits we offer to any school or university:

  • Free design & mock-ups on the USB Flash Drive(s) of your choice
  • Free samples – they won’t all be working samples but they will show what the flash drives look like in the flesh
  • Free plain coloured lanyards or key ring attachments with every memory stick
  • Free data loading – limited to a maximum of 100MB which is an awful lot of data
  • Free delivery to any UK mainland address
  • Free small gift box or individual poly bags
  • No quibble 30-day payment terms on all orders
  • Rock bottom pricing

If we have go your interest just give us a call or fill out our on-line enquiry form and one of our team will get in touch with you.