I just made what will be my last trip ever to a local consumer electronics store. Hello retail, you dont even know that you're dead.
Having received a new remote I ordered for my father in laws HD setup the other day, I wanted to get his system rewired and setup to use it (system was originally wired by the guys that sold him fancy gear and it looks like monkeys were working back there) and I knew that I wanted a hdmi to DVI cable so that I could get the best picture from the receiver to the TV (which is old enough not to have hdmi) The 2 connection standards for HDTV are compatible, HDMI just uses a USB style push in connector which is much cheaper to manufacture.
I priced them online at around 30 bucks for a good quality cable, but they wanted me to get things up and running for them ASAP so I thought I'd stop in the local Good Purchase to pick one up. I expected to pay a premium for buying it there. Maybe an extra $10 or even $20 bucks.
I was rather surprised to find that the cheapest HD cable that they had was more than 4 times as expensive as I could order the same thing for. The CHEAPEST HD cable they had was $100!! The one I needed almost $130!!!
over a hundred bucks for a cable?!?! I dont care how O2 free your copper is or how fancy your internal shielding is or how your cable ends world hunger or any other such garbage.
A hundred bucks for a 6' cable?!
I walked out and told my inlaws they had to wait. I can have the online folks second day air it to me and still have the price be less than a third of what I would have paid at Good Purchase.
It's probably a good thing that there were no sales people in evidence in the TV section as I was standing there dumb founded at a 3 digit price tag for a cable.FOR A CABLE! As I'd have assaulted them and been asked to leave the store. Which would be no bad thing.
I solemnly swear on the sanctity of my limited gadget budget that I will never shop retail again. Good Purchase can bite me.