It's a mystery why an XBOX HDMI cable should cost £70
We're not posting this because it bashes DSGI, people. We're posting it because you love talking about HDMI cables. They're probably all you ever think about. At work, at home, in the pub, in bed, during vinegar strokes. You love them.
The BBC decided to indulge in a little mystery shopping to see how staff reacted when asked for helping choosing the appropriate leads for connecting an XBOX 360 to a high definition television:
John Lewis: "They said their cheapest cable was £19.99 and I shouldn't spend any more because they all do the same thing."
Micro Anvika: "The guy said HDMI is HDMI and the cables shouldn't really differ. The cheapest one, he tried to sell me, was £29.99. The most expensive one they had was £95 and he said there wasn't really much difference between them."
PC World: "They tried to sell me a £39.99 HDMI cable which was, apparently, clearer picture quality."
Currys Digital: "They said I should buy the £69.99 HDMI cable because it provided a much better picture quality over the cheaper version, but for some reason [the assistant] decided to knock £20 off."
A £70 cable for hooking up your XBOX? Canny. Have they seen the price of an XBOX recently? According to DSGI:
"We always aim to help our customers find the right product for their choice of hardware by clearly explaining the differences between the cables and our staff receive training on these products. The choice of HDMI cable is mainly determined by the level of signal purity that the consumer is looking for in the connection between playback device and television."
[Newsbeat] thanks to rabid Bitterwallet reader Paul