PSA: Don’t Buy HDMI Cables in Stores


November 9, 2013 by briantshock

The sale of HDMI cables has got to be one of the greatest scams ever conceived by mankind. If you go into your nearby Best Buy or Target looking for such a cable, you’re guaranteed to be met with disappointment. I know I sound opinionated and I exaggerate a lot on here, but I am completely serious when I say that buying HDMI cables in most brick and mortar stores is something you want to avoid.

HDMI (High-definition Multimedia Interface) is becoming the standard format for connecting your computer or game systems to a television, and by almost all accounts is pretty great. It’s capable of transmitting both an HD video signal as well as audio, so the days of having to plug in several color-coded cables is over!

Ain’t nobody got time for that.

The only problem is finding the damn things without going broke! I mean, look at this:





You might be looking at these prices and crying out to the heavens, “Why Lord? Why have you forsaken me?” but my friends, there is a better way. Nobody should ever pay these absurd prices. You might need a little patience to wait for shipping, but the clear answer here is to shop online technical retainers like Newegg or hell, even Amazon. These will sell these same cables as well as a variety of other brands for much, much cheaper.

The truth is, for most situations the only difference between a 2 dollar HDMI cable and a 40 dollar HDMI cable is 38 dollars. Unless you’re looking for some super professional system or running an extremely long cable and are concerned about signal degradation, the cheap-o cables are going to work just fine. So please, take this advice to heart. Be smarter with your dollars and don’t ever throw them away, unless…

Oh damn, I don’t have a “donation” button on here.


One thought on “PSA: Don’t Buy HDMI Cables in Stores

  1. […] You guys really liked being told about the retail HDMI cables “scam”. […]

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