Long story short, my parents bought a new, larger TV because Mom is developing some vision problems, and they gave me the old one. So now I have a nice HDTV. But since what I had before was an older standard definition CRT-based TV, nothing I have connects to the new TV except my DVD player (using component video cables) – it doesn’t have a composite video connection or s-video, and nothing I have uses coax. So, I have to buy a few things.
- Two HDMI cables – one for my laptop (which has an HDMI out port), and one for the Blue-Ray player I plan to get next month.
- The “HD” component video cable for my Wii (which doesn’t really put out HD, just Enhanced Definition).
- An antenna for broadcast channels.
While I’ve always known that you can get stuff cheaper online than in brick-and-mortar stores, shopping around this time has really hammered the point home. For instance, the Wii cables? At Best Buy, they have one set that retails for about $35. At Amazon, I can get a set for $5.34 (and that’s Prime eligible, so I won’t pay any shipping costs). The same pricing difference applies for the HDMI cables. The cheapest one I found in the stores here runs about $20. At Amazon, I can get one for $3, with no shipping charges. Even the cheapest one online at Best Buy is $4.74. And remember, with digital it either works or it doesn’t. You won’t see any difference between the $3 cable and a $50 cable, as long as it works. (There could be a quality difference with the Wii cable, since component video is analog, but it’s still worth $5 to see if I can save $30.)
I’m all for supporting local stores (even national chains, because keeping the local store open provides local jobs), but sometimes the price difference is just too much to justify it. Why pay 6 or 7 times what you can get it online for when you don’t have to?
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