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Why are HDMI cables so expensive?

Product researchers find little difference between a $10 and a $140 HDMI cable.

A 4-foot Monster SuperThin HDMI cable costs $89.95. Many places sell normal-width HDMI cables for a few bucks. Is there a difference?

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The rules of supply and demand don’t apply to cables. A Best Buy in downtown Boston charges $140 for name-brand HDMI cables, which connect high-definition video to big-screen TVs. The Radio Shack a few blocks away wants $50 for its generic version. Online, Amazon will sell you HDMI cables for $5.

Ostensibly, the products are identical. So why the huge disparity in price? Is there a difference between the three products?

Not really.

The prolific review crew at CNET put it more harshly. “Those cables are a rip-off,” says the website’s guide to HDMI. “You should never pay more than $10 for a standard six-foot HDMI cable.”


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