SFP Cost Variation

Jörg Kost jk at ip-clear.de
Sat Mar 12 19:38:42 UTC 2016

Its all about support under warranty.

CDW is selling the original Brocade SFP. The amazon links only shows a 
compatible one. In most cases it will work, but if that tiny metal piece 
will break your freshly installed 20-x2 linecard, Brocade may not 
replace it. Also some of the cheaper optics may not support monitoring 
or diagnostic options.

You can also check the second market for an used original optic, if you 
want to save some budget.


On 9 Mar 2016, at 19:59, Nicholas Warren wrote:

> Quick question for the experts.
> Why when looking at SFPs, some sites list them as $800 when the same 
> part
> number can be found on places like amazon for $30-$40. What is the
> difference in them? Why would I buy them from a place like CDW with 
> what
> appears to be a 2,000% markup.
> https://www.cdw.com/shop/products/Brocade-SFP-mini-GBIC-transceiver-module-G
> igabit-Ethernet/1411743.aspx
> http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076Q1CTY
> Thanks,
> Nich

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