We had thought the $230 was a great deal, $150 plus no shipping and no tax is downright volcanic! I had honestly been holding out for 1TB and MLC, maybe 850 Pro, maybe even 845DC Pro, but $800+ for an enterprise drive, when this should serve any and all purposes I could have, means I had to bite.
I do want longevity from my drives (I have a 330MB Seagate from 1993 that still works today, and some other drives from back in the 80s....when they made them to last), but although it doesn't have the 10x drive writes per day endurance for a decade, in the real world we should expect multiple petabytes out of these drives, and I'm mainly going to use it as a boot drive to replace a 300GB Velociraptor so 500GB is plenty, and I could've gotten by with 250GB even. This is the best price/performance ratio you can get for SSD and a no-brainer. They've been selling like hotcakes, just hope that I don't get a cancellation notice like those Crucial refurbs, but then again Newegg and Ebay should be expected to have their inventory shit together at that level.
No, that'll be the 2015 Black Friday/Cyber Monday price. By that point, the mid/upper-end laptops and desktops might be packing NVMe PCIe or SATA Express drives for Broadwell desktops and Skylake, so they might want to clear out stock.