FireWire is expensive!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by imacintel, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. imacintel macrumors 68000

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    Wow, I was looking on Apple's and Staple's site and FireWire cables cost $35.99 CAD!
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Look around and you should be able to find an inexpensive $6 cable, since places like Staple's make money off that type of thing.

    Sell you a camera, and a $35 cable -- and the cable probably is the bigger $ profit item.
     
  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    It appears that the Staples selection is all Belkin cables. Those are always far too expensive.

    I see that there are cheaper ones sold through Future Shop, including a nifty retractable style for C$5.
     
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    CAD would be Canada, right? Newegg won't ship outside the US.
     
  5. Blackheart macrumors 6502a

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    My bad.
     
  6. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    They had even promised to start shipping there a few years ago, but nothing ever happened. The same sort of happened for the UK. They do have a presence in China, though.
     
  7. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    I really feel like the cost of accessory cables is one of the biggest rackets in consumer electronics. A piece of wire and some plastic isn't that expensive. Period.
     
  8. SMM macrumors 65816

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    There is a site I really like for all my cables:

    http://www.pccables.com

    There prices are good, they have never blown a deal, their selection is excellent. I think their website is very functional, perhaps not fancy. But, you can get in & out fairly easily. I usually buy to replenish stock. So, combining products in a single shipment makes a difference in 'landed cost'. They have always done this. They are certainly worth a comparison quote.
     
  9. failsafe1 macrumors 6502a

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    eBay all the way for cables. I buy firewire usb and power plugs for US and world for less than $5 each all the time. Quite often the FW is less than a buck and then a few dollars shipping.
     
  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    The way people are stealing copper around here, you'd think that it was worth quite a bit. The price of cables is certainly dear. I'm not sure about buying the cheapest, though, but as long as the quality is good, cheaper is better.

    I bought my last FireWire cable through J&R Music/Electronics/Camera World.
     
  11. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    I'm not too sure about cheap retractible cables (self-rewinding ones) - I brought a few - usb, ethernet etc, and they all went bad. Ended up throwing them away, even tho only ocassionally used them.

    Maybe God hates self re-winding cables as an abomination against nature or something. "Foolish mortals, you invented rats nets of cables, and you'll learn to deal with them!"
     
  12. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    tigerdirect.ca has them cost effective as well. i think i bought a 10' for $15 recently...
     
  13. coal macrumors regular

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    Monoprice.com is absolutely the best place to buy any sort of cable.

    Here are their firewire cables. Plus, I believe that they ship to Canada.
     
  14. mkaake macrumors 65816

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    Last time I needed a cable, I turned to pricegrabber.com, and got my 4 to 6 pin firewire cable (3 ft) for around 1.49 + shipping. After shipping, I was still under 5 bucks, while the identical cable was sold in a store for between 25 and 40, depending on where you looked.
     
  15. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    Have a little look on ebay you can get them real cheap there,

    SHadoW
     
  16. imacintel thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I went to London Drugs and they had illuminated 10 foot FireWire 6 pin cables for $20CAD. :)
     

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