How To Shop Tech Smart in a Declining Economy – Never Buy Cables at a Big Box Store!

_new_one_dollar_bill It always kills me when I shop at Best Buy, Office Max or any other big box store and see the ridiculous prices they change for basic cables.  Don’t be fooled again!

A great example are video cables.  Let’s say you’ve just bought that sweet new 26 inch monitor (like me) and you want to take advantage of that awesome DVI (Digital Visual Interface) port on your video card that to this point has only collected dust.  So you buy the monitor (which you should have bought online!), only to find that it shipped with only a VGA (Video Graphics Array) cable.  Stink!  The monitor supports both VGA and HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) but you are now short the correct cable.  You really want to use that monitor with the right cable, so you grab the car keys and head out for the “super helpful cuz they don’t work on commission” big box store.  Right?  Wrong!

The cable you need could cost you from 5 to 10 times more if you buy it there verse the internet.  Let me give you one example.

I give you exhibit A.  Standard, run of the mill (in fact, the cheapest one they sell) video cable from Best Buy.  $60 of your hard earned cash.  I don’t think so!


I give you exhibit B.  This cable is from  It’s 4 feet longer and $40 cheaper.  Delivered right to your door with free shipping and no tax!  Nice eh!  The picture contains the link.  Check it out for yourself.


So don’t ever pay those ridiculous prices again for cables.  Think ahead and buy your cables online in advance.  You will be glad you did.

By the way, my monitor came with a 6 foot cable.  I needed a 10 foot.  It gets ordered tonight!

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