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Save money by buying generic computer and electronic cables

iPod with 3.5 mini to composite cable
iPod with 3.5 mini to composite cable
Photo by Brad Haggadone

Someday all of your electronic devices will be able to seamlessly interact with each other. WiFi or its successor will connect everything all at once, all the time. Until then, you will need some cables, lots of cables. Now these cables can be expensive, but they don't have to be. Name brand cables can cost cost to $40, but you can get the same thing on amazon for less than $5.

One common problem is trying to hook up an iPod with a home stereo. RadioShack sells a Monster brand audio cable for $29.99, however amazon sells a cable that does audio and Video  for $4.95

One of the best things you can do is find out the name of the connection type and then look for it by that instead of by the name of the product. Using the example above, instead of asking for an iPod to home stereo cable, ask for a composite to 3.5 mini cable. Of course this might require a little research before shopping, but the savings are worth it.

Where to find the cheap cables
Amazon isn't the only place to get cheap cables. Ebay can be just as good, if not better depending on the cable. Another great site is What may surprise you is that the same electronic stores that sell the $29.99 MonsterCable might also sell the $5 version too. The trick is to walk past the fancy display of iPod accessories and to the back of the store where they keep their store brand cables and connectors.

Buyer Beware
The old saying goes “you get what you pay for” and there is really no way around that. A cheaper product bought off eBay might as high of quality as its expensive counter part, but odds are you will never know the difference. The average person at average usage could never tell the difference in performance, but you might want to learn about the seller if plan on using it professionally. That doesn’t mean that you need the most expensive cable, but you might want to buy from RadioShack or instead of eBay.

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