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NRA_guy
05-02-2005, 13:57
Does Belkin have exclusive rights to manufacture USB cables?

I have yet to figure out why nobody but Belkin makes USB cables.

There may be others, but if so, they are not common in stores like Walmart, OfficeMax, BestBuy, etc.

Obviously, the fact that they seem to be the only manufacturer allows them to charge $20 for a cable that should cost $2.

Am I missing something here?

grantglock
05-02-2005, 14:03
yep you are, all sorts of companies make them. APC is a common one.

Hauptmann6
05-02-2005, 19:25
USB is just an industry standard... Belkin just happens to be one of the best brands of cables...

David_G17
05-02-2005, 19:48
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=Go&DEPA=0&type=&description=USB+cable&Category=0&minPrice=&maxPrice=&Go.x=0&Go.y=0

NRA_guy
05-02-2005, 22:20
OK. I'm convinced others make them. Thanks.

Wonder why discount stores sell the pricy Belkins rather than the cheaper generic USB cables?

(Even at the same price I would opt for another brand. I hate the Belkin plastic packaging. Every time I open anything made by Belkin, I get cut on the heavy plastic or the knife I am using to get into it. Their package is built like Ft. Knox. It's almost as hard as getting a music CD open!)

Toyman
05-03-2005, 04:03
Here's a news flash for you. A lot of stores don't stock stuff from every single manufacturer there is. I know it's hard to believe, but many stores have a particular supplier of a type of item, or category of item.

Although I haven't ordered any items from here yet, they seem to have really good prices. Like $4.75 for a 10ft USB Cable.

http://www.cablemax.com

Hauptmann6
05-03-2005, 09:00
Originally posted by NRA_guy
OK. I'm convinced others make them. Thanks.

Wonder why discount stores sell the pricy Belkins rather than the cheaper generic USB cables?


Cause belkin has teh reputation, and they can charge more = more profit.

pyblood
05-03-2005, 12:20
I only pay $2 or $3 for USB 2.0 cables. A lot of times, they come in a ziploc type bag instead of the fancy display packaging. I have purchased Black Box, APC, Fellowes, Belkin, and tons of other name brand USB cables. I have found them all to be about the same.

You may think that $8 is a lot for a USB cable from Wal-Mart, but I have seen Dell offer the option of adding a 6ft. USB cable to their "free" printer for $25. That is just outrageous. The sad part is that I people probably choose that option.

NRA_guy
05-03-2005, 16:39
Thanks. Looks like Walmart (or maybe Bellkin) has lowered the price.

I had not bought any in the last 8 or 9 months.

When USB II first came out, I was seeing prices around $20. Now I see Walmart has Belkin for around $7.

Not bad.

I feel better.

But OfficeMax has these current prices:

USB A/B Device Cable Gold (10 ft.).
Item # 02236333 , Style # F3U133-10-GLD
EA $29.98

USB A/B Device Cable Gold (6ft.).
Item # 02236413 , Style # F3U133-06-GLD
EA $24.98

USB 2.0 Gold Device Cable (16').
Item # 20685395 , Style # F3U133-16-GLD
EA $34.98

0100010
05-04-2005, 05:07
The big retailers only sell the well known name brand stuff like Belkin and Monster Cable because they know they can charge high prices for them; those items are usually the highest profit margin item in the store.