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Old 15-11-2008, 01:41 PM   #1
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Default Cheap place for Video Cables locally

Hey All,

I'm quite aware I could go online to buy video cables for cheap, but I like to keep my money locally, if I can, without spending too much. I'm also kind of impatient, and don't want to wait 7-14 business days for my cables to arrive.

I'm looking for DVI-D to HDMI cables, or DVI-D to DVI-D.

Anyone know of places locally that sell cables for reasonable prices

*future shop/best buy has huge marks up*

This is the site that I was considering buying from, but would rather remain local, use for price comparison

http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp
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Old 15-11-2008, 05:12 PM   #2
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Is Micros still in business? My dad used to drag me there as a kid. I still have bad dreams about that place.
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Old 15-11-2008, 05:20 PM   #3
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Everyone seems to think that HDMI is a license to print money - it's not just FS and BB. I don't think you'll ever even come close to monoprice.
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Old 15-11-2008, 05:27 PM   #4
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Here is some useful info for you. Sorry I can't help you with your original question.

http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-11276_7...content;rb_mtx
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Old 15-11-2008, 05:51 PM   #5
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Medwards, buddy... BCOM

(I expect 1 get out of jail free card - thanks)
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Old 15-11-2008, 05:58 PM   #6
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Considering the same cable is 5.09 at monoprice, and bcom is 27.99 thats not as cheap as I was hoping...

(sorry, not get out of jail cards available with this monopoly set)
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Old 15-11-2008, 11:37 PM   #7
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try memory express, ive always found their prices reasonable. sure they have the lame overpriced monster cables but the salespeople are usually smart enough to not push that garbage on you.

http://www.memoryexpress.com/
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Old 15-11-2008, 11:42 PM   #8
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http://www.b-com.ca/
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Old 16-11-2008, 07:52 AM   #9
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Unfortunately monoprice is virtually impossible to beat in a local store. Retail stores will typically only care brand name, expensive cables that have 100% or more markup. It's kind of ridiculous, but unfortunately the public has been totally deceived by Monster and others into thinking that somehow buying a $200 HDMI or optical cable will give you "cleaner" or "stronger" 1's and 0's.

Heck, even for cables carrying analog and not digital signals, like speaker wire, you don't need to break the bank. Just pick up some thicker gauge copper cabling from Home Depot by the box.

Amusing link: http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/03/a...ter-cable-and/
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Old 16-11-2008, 09:48 PM   #10
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what do you expect from stores that need to compensate for overhead? keeping it local is a nice sentiment but sometimes the rules of economics get the best of us. it's not like the components that you actually need the cables for were made locally or purchased (probability -1) at a locally owned store
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Old 16-11-2008, 11:03 PM   #11
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there is overhead, and then there is 300-500% markup...

I bought the cables from monoprice.com earlier today that I needed. I ordered expedited shipping, and they will be here sometime this week, for much cheaper then any alternative locally...
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Old 16-11-2008, 11:57 PM   #12
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there is overhead, and then there is 300-500% markup...

I bought the cables from monoprice.com earlier today that I needed. I ordered expedited shipping, and they will be here sometime this week, for much cheaper then any alternative locally...
dude - in this example, obviously buying local retail versus U.S. based importer-wholesaler/distributor only makes sense if the "urgency of need/convenience" outweighs cost considerations. Apparently your expressed desire to buy local couldn't match your willingness to fill the coffers of monoprice and UPS... perhaps you should have tried the Bargain Finder (snickerô)
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Old 17-11-2008, 08:05 AM   #13
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Princess Auto on 163 and 112 regualry has cables available for about 10% of everyone else's asking price.
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Old 17-11-2008, 08:54 AM   #14
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Med, I'm in the market for some HDMI cables myself. I noticed on that site the cables are advertised as HDMI 1.3 or 1.3a. Are these numbers significant? Is this the newest version? like USB 1.0 vs 2.0? Should I care about numbers like that or will any HDMI cable do?

I know this is off topic and you've already made your decision on where to buy but perhaps this thread could morph a bit.
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Old 17-11-2008, 10:37 AM   #15
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My dad buys cables from some small warehouse-like place on Calgary Trail for dirt cheap. He got me an HDMI cable for $10 or some ridiculously reasonable price.

I'll have to remember to ask him.
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Old 17-11-2008, 10:46 AM   #16
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I'm not really sure, to be honest. It looks like 1.3a is the latest standard, so you should look to buy ones with that compliance. Again though, just use monoprice: http://www.monoprice.com/products/su...02&cp_id=10240

Virtually any cable you buy there will be fine. Compare the prices to say, a Monster one, and it's hilarious the difference in price for cables that will perform identically.

From monoprice's knowledge base:

Quote:
Question: Will HDMI 1.3a cables work with my non-1.3 devices? Will non-1.3 cables work with my 1.3 devices?
Answer: Yes, all versions of HDMI are backward and forward compatible. They will all work but non-1.3 cables will not support extended bandwidth features of 1.3 devices like "Deep Color."

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