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Are you kidding me with these HDMI cable prices?

9th February 2010

So like many Americans last week, I decided to upgrade to HDTV for the Super Bowl.  I really don’t care about the game in particular, but the two things that I think look great in HD are Pixar movies and football.

Well I got a pretty good deal on the TV at the Oxnard Best Buy, but man did they want to rip me off on the cables!  The cheapest HDMI cable they carry is $30 and cheapest optical audio cable is $20.  Well a little research told me that you can get HDMI cables on Amazon for less than $7, and Optical audio cables for $2.  And I can’t see or hear any difference. I’m sure the marketing department at Monster Cable can tell you there is some kind of data showing their cables are worth $90, but brother I don’t see it.  I think it’s purely a value play, as in “Well you’re spending $2,000 on a TV… don’t you think it’s worth another $90 to get the best possible HDMI cable?”  Answer: NO.

Don’t let Best Buy take you to the cleaners.  Here are the links to the cheap cables (I do not get any commission and was not compensated for putting these on here):

Even if you pay for overnight shipping you’re still ahead of the game.

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Comments

  • Lacy
    Posted at 11:17 pm May 10, 2010
    Lacy
    Reply Author

    I’m a newbie to ventura and would love to hear about locals pro/con about cable TV providers, please.
    Got my HDMI cable at Fryes, I think it was less than $20.

    • webmaster
      Posted at 5:14 pm May 11, 2010
      webmaster
      Reply Author

      Hi Lacy,
      I personally switched over to Dish after Time Warner jacked up my rate. So far I’ve been really happy with it… we don’t get much rain in Ventura so we don’t have to worry about rain fade like we did when we lived in Dallas. It used to suck in Dallas we’d want to watch the Weather Channel during a storm but the signal would cut out from the satellite! =)