Best Buy is robbing you blind: Monster cables

hdmi-cable-rip-offIf you own an HDTV, you probably know that the type of cable connecting your set top box to your TV makes a big difference in quality.  But there’s no reason to pay $120 or more for this cable.  In fact, if you pay more than $20 you’re making a huge mistake.

Cable and satellite companies recommend you connect your set top box to your TV using an HDMI cable (also known as a Monster cable).  Electronic stores like Best Buy and Radio Shack love to sell HDMI cables for a huge profit.  They’ll buy a $6 cable from a wholesaler and mark it up to well over a $100.  These are one of their most profitable items!

Never, ever buy an HDMI cable from an electronics retailer.  An HDMI cable is a digital cable which, by definition has no signal loss no matter what brand you buy.  As long as it meets HDMI standards, the only real difference between HDMI cables is the price.  

So instead of buying from a fancy retailer, get the same equipment at a wholesale price online (I usually check out Monoprice.com).  The same goes for speaker wire, Ethernet cable, and many other AV wires or connectors.  

Tip: When getting a set top box installed for a new TV, make sure you have the TV out of the box.  The cable companies will usually give you a free HDMI cable when hooking up the service.  If you don’t have the TV around, they may not leave you a cable. 

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