Summary I recently purchased two lightning to USB cables from ebay. I recommend the cable, as it works perfectly. A detailed review is below. Link: Item on eBay Cost: $4.90 per cable, including shipping Timing: Purchased 11/25/12; Actual delivery 12/3/12 (to San Francisco, CA); Estimated delivery 12/11/12 - 12/28/12 Functionality: I was able to charge (using a wall adapter) and backup data (using a macbook) with the cable. Impressions: The lightning end of the eBay cable is larger than Apple's cable. The eBay cable is also a few inches shorter (see image below). The connections on the original Apple cable are cleaner than the eBay cable. As expected, the overall quality of the original Apple cable is better than the eBay cable. The stiffness of the two cables is very similar. I see no reason to pay a premium for the original Apple cable. Images: Original Apple cable on top for all images.