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Apr 14, 2011

Buy Media Cables at a Reasonable Price

If you go into any major retailer such as BestBuy, Walmart, HHGregg, etc, you'll find that their sale of cables are ridiculously priced, whether you know it or not.

  • If you are buying cables to transfer a digital signal, do not buy into the hype that gold plating or any "new" technology is going to improve the quality of the signal. Digital signal either makes it to the source or it doesn't. There is no in between, and certainly no degradation of quality. But companies such as Monster Cables will lead you to believe otherwise. You should not be paying hundreds of dollars for wires. Simply put, any additional additions to the wire such as gold plating and other things for a digital signal does nothing but drive up the price. A wire hanger could even be used to send a signal that sounds the same as high priced item.

  • The biggest area of marking up prices is in the area of HDMI cables. Many people are unfamiliar with them in that they know that they need them, but do not know their purpose or relative price. Retailers know this and charge ludicrous prices, because they know the uneducated will pay these prices.

  • Tip: If you see a cable and are completely outraged at the price, you are probably correct in that.
    HDMI wires should not cost 80-160 dollars for near 6-10 feet of wire. I've seen HH Gregg selling a 10 feet HDMI wire for $150. I have never returned.

  • Use the website MonoPrice to buy your cables. They are reliable and sell cables, wires, etc, at prices you should be paying, rather than the retailers disgustingly overpriced wires.

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