Don’t Get Scammed On Cables, and Gadget Gear – Weekly Deal Tips

A lot of companies (looking at you Radioshack) like raking in massive profits by selling really over-priced, high margin items like HMDI cables, and camera cases, at absurd prices.

Seriously, I don’t recommend shopping at Radioshack, CVS, Walgreens, or even Walmart, unless you need something in a rash. You could literally buy overnight shipping on many of the items you’re going to buy, and still save money over the big box stores.

In this post, I’m going to teach you how not to get scammed/bamboozled/swindled/cheated.

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I won’t stand by while my readers getting scammed!

Since you’re kind enough to visit my blog, I’m going to fill you in on my little secret, a service called “Amazon Basics”. You know Amazon. The prices are usually good, but not incredible. Amazon Basics offers prices that are in fact amazing. Amazon Basics offers things like cables, cords, and cases, at much more reasonable prices than any big box.

(just so you know, we earn a teeny tiny commision off of every sale through the above link. Literally pennies, and it all goes towards paying operating costs for this website. If you’d like for us to not make any money on your purchases, feel free to use this non-affiliate link.)

Similar to the site Monoprice, Amazon Basics offers a vast selection of technical doodads, at fair, affordable prices.

Examples Of The Great Radioshack Hoax

For example, a 6 foot HDMI cable at goes for $25, while a 6.5 foot cable through Amazon Basics, goes for $5.79. Let’s clear the air here: An HDMI cable is an HDMI cable. It’s a digital medium, so a $25 cable provides no performance advantage over a $6 one.

100 feet of 16 gauge speaker wire on Amazon Basics? $10. Radioshack? $33. Even basics like AA batteries are around 50% off. It’s ridiculous. Amazon somehow manages to sell everything at 1/3 to 1/2 of the price, of just about any big chain.

Unexpectedly Obvious Conclusion

Unfortunately, there aren’t any high ticket items here (cameras, phones, tablets – wouldn’t that be nice), but all of the low-ticket items that they offer (batteries, cables) appears to be a great deal. Save yourself the money, and don’t shop at RadioShack unless you have to.

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Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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