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HDMI cable madness

February 20, 2007

I don’t have a HDTV yet (yes honey, I know…no HDTV until the wood floors are re-finished), but have you seen the prices on HDMI cables lately?  They are all over the charts, ranging from $19 to $100.  For the SAME CABLE!

HDMIIf this doesn’t reek of capitalizing on customers’ lack of knowledge of all things HDTV, I don’t know what is.

From Ars Technica’s Opposable Thumbs blog:

I tracked down my HDMI cables at Meijer, of all places. They were stuck underneath the display and weren’t badged PS3, so I did a price check. $20, Nyko brand. I brought them home, hooked the system up, and it looked great. That freed up a component input as well, so I was able to hook up my Wii component cables. Those cost me $20 at Best Buy, off-brand. They also looked great. Let’s look at a few choices in terms of HDMI cabling solutions:

… The price differences between cables that are essentially the same can be incredible. $100 one place, $30 someplace else, and $20 online. The fact is many places like Best Buy only carry a few brands and jack the price up. It’s worth spending the afternoon shopping around for your cables. Best Buy had expensive HDMI cables but cheap Wii component cables. Meijer didn’t have Wii component at all but they had a $20 HDMI cable. Don’t get fooled into thinking that just because you’re paying more you’ll see a better picture, or it isn’t worth your time to check around.

What a ripoff!  Again, let the buyer beware is the main message.  Good on you Ars for spreading the news.

  1. February 20, 2007 10:49 am

    Amazin Blog man i will follow daily.
    Cheers !!
    John Watkins

  2. February 20, 2007 11:47 am

    Cheers back attcha! Thanks John

  3. June 18, 2008 1:25 pm

    Wiring is possibly the biggest scam when it comes to home theater. There is little difference between the one you get at 20$ and the other at 100$ for the same length and the same kind (say HDMI 1.3a Category 2). This has been proven again and again.

    B&M stores such as Best Buy can jack the price of these up to 500%.

    However, there is hope. If you go to sites such as you will be amazed at the pricing and it will further proof that there is no reason for such a high price on cables.

    For the record, I bought 2 HDMI 1.3a Category 2 cables (6 feet & 15 feet), 1 coaxial cable (3 feet), 1 optical (15 feet) and 2 component (15 feet each) and add S&H for 93$US shipped from the US to Canada. Paid 13$ of duty for a grand total of 106$CAN (as we are the same now). At that price, I would of been lucky to get a 10feet HDMI cable from Best Buy.

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