Biggest Rip Off

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  1. djellison macrumors 68020

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    OK - I was just in a computer superstore and saw what, in my opinion, is the worst rip off I've ever seen.

    A 1.5m HDMI cable... for £68.99

    I got 3m ones, off Amazon, for £1 each.

    That's a 69:1 ripoff ratio.

    I almost wanted to stand and wait for someone to pick one up just to ask what the hell they were doing.
     
  2. iBlue macrumors Core

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    A fool and his money are soon parted, and all that.

    That shop should be ashamed though. ASHAMED, I tell you.
     
  3. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Most stores like Currys, Comet etc will try and get you to buy one instead of a cheaper one when you buy a TV or dvd player saying it gives a better picture blah blah. While I don't doubt it may be of better quality the difference would be so unnoticeable that it is pretty much a rip off. I paid £10 for my HDMI cable and that was the max I was going to pay.
     
  4. yg17 macrumors G5

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  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    At 35' I'd want quality or the reassurance that the 35' was built in such a way that it didn't lose quality over the span of the cable. Monoprice doesn't have the highest quality cables but I find them to be quite acceptable for my needs. If I needed something that was 35' long I would use monoprice and buy two. The $450 cable is truly a waste of money.
     
  6. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Using Best Buy as an example of rip-off is well, not right. We all know Best Buy rips off everyone of their cables sales at very high margins, so its a given.

    Now, if it were to be like a mom & pop electronic type of store, that would be different.
     
  7. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Monoprice had some more expensive 35 foot cables which I guess are better made, and even then, the most expensive one I found was around 40 bucks.

    Gizmodo did a test a few years ago, where they got some audiophiles and expensive stereo equipment and did a blind test to see if they could tell the difference between speakers hooked up with Monster Cable speaker wire and a coat hanger. They couldn't.
     
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    I doubt there is much of a difference, but at 35' you'd want to be sure you know?
    It's a long way for transfer.
     
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    For some, condoms. May as well invest in something you'll actually use.

    It's like shampoo for me.
     
  10. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    a friend of mine owned a high end stereo shop.

    he sold high end power cables that cost 300 euro's.

    how can people believe that 6 foot high end power cable can make a difference when the cables in your wall are 100 foot long and are made from the cheapest copper out there?

    he didn't know nor did he care but he took the money anyway. he made a solid 1000% profit on those.
     
  11. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Because people will believe whatever the morons working at Best Buy (and no offense to any BB employees here, but most of them are morons) tell them.

    HDMI is digital, meaning one cable won't provide better picture quality than another. It's all ones and zeros going across, and either you get a perfect picture, or you don't get one at all. If you're using a cheap cable and you get a picture and sound that doesn't cut out, you will see absolutely no benefit from going to an expensive cable.
     
  12. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    Not trying to start a war here but don't they have different kinds of quality of HDMI cables? I've seen like 800 and 10,000 kinds of HDMI cables, the 10,000 ones being more expensive. Can't remember what the numbers stood for though...

    Me? I have a $50 one that serves its purpose. I must agree though that stores jack (pun?) :D up the prices for them seemingly because they're the "new" thing.
     
  13. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Nope, it's all a joke. It's the nature of a digital signal. You either get a perfect signal, or you get none at all. There's no concept of snow or static or other things like that as with an analog signal. If you're able to rig up an HDMI cable with coathangers and successfully get that stream of ones and zeros from your Blu Ray player to your TV, it won't look any worse than an expensive Monster HDMI cable.

    If you buy a really crappy cable, the stream may get interrupted and you'll have dropouts, and you'll want to invest in a better cable. But, if a cheap, crappy cable is working perfectly for you, then there is no reason to use anything else.
     
  14. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    720p connector and a 1080p connector would output different picture, maybe that's what the numbers concerned.
     
  15. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Not quite true. If that was the case there'd be no need for error correction algorithms. The less the signal needs correcting the better.
     
  16. yg17 macrumors G5

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    No. There's no such thing as a 720p cable and a 1080p cable. All HDMI cables are capable of 1080p. These numbers are something that Monster pulls out of their ass to make their cables look better.

    Yes, that is true. Error correction can only do so much though, so if you're getting good audio and video from a cheap cable, chances are, there's not much EC taking place. EC wasn't designed to fix a constant stream of errors, rather just an odd bad packet or two every now and then, so if there were a lot of errors, you'd notice it as EC wouldn't be able to keep up with the stream.
     
  17. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, I see. Well if that's the case I must say Monster has probably made a fortune already on something they shouldn't really have.
     
  18. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I bought a 1m HDMI lead from Tesco for £7 and its perfect.
     
  19. djellison thread starter macrumors 68020

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    OK - just found a 2m HDMI cable for £99.99 on the website of the same shop.

    Seriously- are people THAT stupid?
     
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    If it's a Monster-brand cable, perhaps they are...
     
  21. djellison thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Belkin. (who'll also sell you a £40 VGA cable)
     
  22. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Little false there. Cheap cables do suffer more from interference and have more noise in them than high quality ones. This noise has to have error correcting done to it and for the most part 99.9% of people out there could not tell the difference.

    I personally think the high prices ones are over priced. Sorry but I am not going to be a 100+% more for something for .01% better quality signal.
    The only time it really become noticeable at all is when you start pushing the limits of cable length. At those longer ranges there is just more chances there are for noise to enter the picture. But at that point you are getting to 50' range and even then the difference is pretty negligible. Audio phobs would not even think about running the cables at those long lengths any how so again not an issue.
     
  23. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    HDMI you shouldn't see a difference in the higher priced on compared to the lower priced one. The digital signal is the same 0011 on both.

    Where you migh hear and or see a difference is in your analog cables.
     
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  25. yg17 macrumors G5

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    True, there is noise, but a digital signal can withstand some noise before error correction has to kick in. And even if there is a lot of error correcting going on, as long as your devices can keep up with the errors and you don't see or hear them, why bother with an expensive cable? Let error correction do its job and go the cheap route.
     

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