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4 GB USB promo flash drives ??

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4 GB USB promo flash drives ??

Has anyone found a wholesaler that can supply mini USB flash drives ? I have checked Amazon here and in USA. They appear to be OK for files and pictures; however they have incredibly slow write speeds. I will be using them for video files of approx. 1.5-2.5 GB. Transfer speed would take 10-20 min per drive. I am trying to keep cost to no more than $4 each as they will be given away. I do not require a logo. Looking on Alibaba and such sites they start at around $4 CDN plus a large shipping fee, making them too expensive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Good luck.

What's the point of stupidity of 4GB drives.

I don't use anything less than 16GB ... and its way more convenient to have the space.
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In general I agree that 4gb is too small for most uses -- but one great use of ones this small for 'giveaway' would be ready-to-demo-and-install Linux distros (which can BTW also be used as 'rescue' systems). :)
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People replying don't understand that this is a someone who's business is in film or photography and needs to give clients their stuff on a media that can hold large data but usable because no one has cd drives anymore.

Most aliexpress usb's go for $6 for a measly 4gb USB 3, which would give you the performance of writing files within a minutes.
USB 2 would hit that price range but you would be spending about 20mins writing to them.

https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.a ... -_-Product
This would be more usable to the customer but of course more expensive to give away.
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I assume you saw drives like these on amazon....$C33.- + $C3.- for 10 pieces.
Reviews seem to be good - no idea how one would find out about the write speed.
https://www.amazon.ca/Swivel-Flash-Driv ... 0760&psc=1

But is that really a problem if you set them up to write during the night.
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krs wrote:
Dec 29th, 2018 10:15 pm
I assume you saw drives like these on amazon....$C33.- + $C3.- for 10 pieces.
Reviews seem to be good - no idea how one would find out about the write speed.
https://www.amazon.ca/Swivel-Flash-Driv ... 0760&psc=1

But is that really a problem if you set them up to write during the night.
Yes, Im thinking something like this is my best option. Thanks for the help.
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Was hoping to start with 25 to see how they perform.
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MadCanadian wrote:
Dec 29th, 2018 6:34 pm
People replying don't understand that this is a someone who's business is in film or photography and needs to give clients their stuff on a media that can hold large data but usable because no one has cd drives anymore.

Most aliexpress usb's go for $6 for a measly 4gb USB 3, which would give you the performance of writing files within a minutes.
USB 2 would hit that price range but you would be spending about 20mins writing to them.


https://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.a ... -_-Product
This would be more usable to the customer but of course more expensive to give away.
You hit the nail on the head. CD or DVD is on the way out for file transfer or back ups. Most laptops no longer have CD rom. I having been using DVD for years as it was the preferred choice, not so much anymore. I think for now I will try out the Amazon 10 pack of 4GB. Thanks for your reply.
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For write speed unfortunately all the cheap drives will probably be around the same. Basically internally it's generally a Micro SD card soldered to a board, they use el cheapo SD cards hence why the abysmal write speed, but hey if you're giving it away cost is important.

You can prob just get a USB hub and then since they are all slow (it's not going to max out the bandwidth) you can just copy to multiple drives simultaneously to help speed things up.

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