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I bought my hdmi cable from 5 and below store, it cost me 5$ + taxes for a 6' cable. And the funny thing is that it works better then my friends 80$ monster cable
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post #82 of 181
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Originally Posted by richuwo11 View Post
I prefer monoprice.
Thats where I shop

Great deals on HDTV mounting stuff too


Monster has been targeted for years because of their ridiculous claims and prices. But really it is the retailers that a large piece of hardware for little profit and make up the loss on accessories.

Monster audio cables were compared to naked coat hangers a while back. The difference was not apparent.
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post #83 of 181
idk why this is still being discussed.

hdmi is going to get replaced with cat6 in a few years anyway, but i guess then best buy will find a way to charge $50 a ft.
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http://boardsus.playstation.com/play...read.id=828972

I have at least 4 HDMI cables just sitting in my computer workshop...
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post #85 of 181
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Originally Posted by chinesekiwi View Post
Yes but they argue in other articles, it could of been so much more than it is now. They are annoyed that's it's really no real upgrade from DVI or older formats.
DVI didn't support audio tho? HDMI has been a step forward in terms of true lossless audio?
Edited by Domino - 2/16/11 at 4:49pm
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Hmm...$7.99 for a 6ft cable from Amazon or $700 for a 6ft AudioQuest cable from Best Buy. Hmm....
It's very easy to sell a cable for cheap online. It's a lot more cost effective for the company.

When you sell anything at a brick-and-mortar store, the margin has to be increased quite a bit to support bills, employees, and shipping costs to the store. On top of that, there is almost no profit to be made off of televisions and stereos, so the cables have to make up the margin.

From a customer's perspective, cheap is cheap and we want to save money. From a businessperson's perspective, margins need to be decent in order to keep the doors open.

There's also the issue of returns. If something needs to be returned to an online store, more often than not, the customer has to pay for the shipping, again, to send it to the store. Then there's a wait for the turnaround, and sometimes more shipping. At a physical store, you walk in with your receipt and exchange it, and the problem is solved without waiting or paying for shipping (twice). The counter-argument for that is: "It's just a cable, I'll never return it". I have had to return cables that were defective or fell apart in a matter of days. It does happen, and it's much easier to return an item to a physical store.

Now, a $15 cable from a physical store could perform just as well as a $2.76 cable from Amazon, without a doubt, especially if it's the same exact brand and the same exact cable, but there's a reason for higher prices for cables at a physical store vs online, as I mentioned above. If that $2.76 cable from Amazon is not the same exact cable, and it's a real cheap-o with much less shielding, poor stress relief, and weak solder joints, then chances are you'll be buying it again after it breaks, as I've had to do.

But who cares, what's $2.76 + $6 shipping really matter these days.
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i think $100+ cables, is solid strong, so u could hangtie urself...
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Originally Posted by Mygaffer View Post
For runs 12ft or less, the typical usage scenario of most home users, expensive cables are a scam.
Even though it is a scam, Monster made tons of cash leeching off the uninformed.
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I dont even have to read the story to know expensive HDMI cables are a scam. Its a digital signal. End of story.
    
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it's sad that some people spend soo much money listening to "professional" idiots at retail stores......i spent like $20 for 3 8' hdmi 1.3 and $25 for 3 12' DVI-D cables on ebay not to long ago......"gold" plated too
    
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