Monday, October 22, 2007
Modern day extortion
To paraphrase my friend Goran, "You know what bothers me?". I know many of my web log postings evolve into rants, and this is another one. This weekend, Best Buy tried to scam me. I, an innocent consumer, was about to purchase a 3000 dollar television. As I felt that would entitle me to a little deal, I asked the salesman to throw in a free cable plus blu ray movie. He could not do that, and proceeded to show me my options for an HDMI cable. He showed me the Monster cables, ranging from the cheapest 100 dollar cable, to the 150 dollar one, and finally the 170 dollar one. And that is without sales-tax my dear readers. Damn! I explained to him that HDMI carry digital signals. There is no difference in quality in digital signals. Either it works, or it does not work. A simple HDMI cable only costs 2 dollars or so, and it will do the job at 100% same image quality as the 170 dollar cable. I checked the Best Buy website, and it gets worse: they even offer 227 dollar HDMI cables. As long as consumers are fooled by this, Monster Cable will continue to make money. This company deserves to go out of business fast. The way to get them out of business is to educate the consumer. If you buy an HDTV, then please, please, please, buy a 2 dollar HDMI cable, and not the Monster Cable. If you do not believe me, then listen to this Electrical Engineer. Needless to say, I shook my head, explained that this would not fly, and left the store, keeping the 3000 dollars in-pocket. Be very wary of Best Buy shop assistants. They will try to screw you. The bastard even started rambling on about thicker copper, multiple strands, and such.