Comments on: Excising the cheapest options http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Rhys http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/comment-page-1/#comment-2924 Thu, 18 Jun 2009 22:12:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/#comment-2924 This theory makes pretty good sense, but it still seems like “the power of small” would kick in at some point and someone would offer the cheaper cables to undercut the bigger competition that is only offering the pricier ones. Sort of like how collusion supposedly can’t work because someone will take advantage of the price gouging by pricing below the colluded price. If these cheaper cables exist, someone must sell them, right?

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By: jonathan http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/comment-page-1/#comment-2771 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 20:50:57 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/#comment-2771 There is a long-term issue at stake as well. As consumers wander in with their iphones, etc. and as they shop on the net more, they’ll feel that Best Buy is ripping them off. I had to buy an HDMI cable at that moment, couldn’t find one for less than $30 at Best Buy, took it home, looked up the prices on line, found Amazon sold them for peanuts, carefully unpacked the one from Best Buy, used it, and then repacked it carefully and returned it to Best Buy when the one from Amazon arrived. Moral: I learned to distrust Best Buy. If my experience becomes more common, then more people will be driven away from a retailer who overcharges and toward the net.

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By: jake http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/comment-page-1/#comment-2744 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 16:51:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/#comment-2744 I don’t know how this affects your theory, but the most convenient and cheap place to buy HDMI cables that I have found is the Apple store. I think they have them for $20, in stock.

Maybe because Apple has strong pricing discipline on their main product lines?

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By: FASTFREDDIE http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/comment-page-1/#comment-2727 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 14:04:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/#comment-2727 Hey felix!

I’ve been commuting on a Montague CX folding bike for the last few years. It folds up compactly and rides smoothly. I got it for about $500. You should definitely check them out (www.montagueco.com).

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By: Jack http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/comment-page-1/#comment-2720 Sun, 14 Jun 2009 20:42:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/#comment-2720 I recommend the Dahon also. Mine was $450 and it’s been very reliable, not to mention that I’ve never had a problem taking it to my office. There are lots of stores in Manhattan that have them in stock, but not all stores have them.

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By: Peter Bailey http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/comment-page-1/#comment-2719 Sun, 14 Jun 2009 19:56:25 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/#comment-2719 Actually Walmart and Target both sell HDMI and Ethernet cables for at least non-extortionate prices, vs. the big box gadget places which as you point out sell Monster and Belkin priced for ignorant sheeple.

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By: Curmudgeon http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/comment-page-1/#comment-2717 Sun, 14 Jun 2009 18:16:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/#comment-2717 It would scare me to ride a bike in a city (but then, it would scare me to drive in a city too). Is this actually a reasonable mode of transportation on a crowded city street? How does it work?

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By: Anne http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/comment-page-1/#comment-2715 Sun, 14 Jun 2009 16:02:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/#comment-2715 My husband and I have been riding relatively inexpensive Dahon’s for the past year (mine cost $250; his $450–he’s 6’5″ and required a stretch model) and they’ve been fantastic.

I’m an avid mountain biker and ride my Dahon hard–it’s done a fantastic job and has been pretty much maintenance free. I fold it and haul it up and down 4 flights of stairs each day with no problems; both our bikes have the full complement of fenders to protect our clothes and racks to hold our work stuff. I even have a really appealing little pedestrian bell.

Seriously–I wanted a Brompton, but didn’t want to wait umpteen months for one to be delivered at the time; it turns out my Dahon works infinitely better than any of my friends’ more expensive bikes, with the result that I actually USE mine, whereas they do not.

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By: q http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/comment-page-1/#comment-2714 Sun, 14 Jun 2009 15:14:40 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/#comment-2714 i would agree with don on the unicycle — another advantage is that they are smaller, so your chances of being hit are less.

the other question is why, given a competitive market for jobs, employers aren’t competing to give you bicycle parking.

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By: Don the libertarian Democrat http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/comment-page-1/#comment-2708 Sun, 14 Jun 2009 00:59:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2009/06/13/excising-the-cheapest-options/#comment-2708 That should say “They’re seldom stolen”, proving that I can’t ride a unicycle, or write well in little boxes.

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