I don’t have an issue with retailers making profit where they can, especially with the current economic state. But I also like to save money. If you have audio/video/computer cable needs in Canada I highly recommend CableSalesCanada. From my experience in offshore manufacturing I know that cables often cost less than $1 to make, and ever since the introduction of “monster cables,” sellers figured out that consumers will pay huge markups on cables, with no commensurate increase in quality.
A good quality HDMI 1.3b 1m cable sells for $9.50 at CableSalesCanada, plus shipping and tax. The equivalent starts at $30 at FutureShop and you can pay absolutely silly prices for HDMI monster cables claiming superior video and audio. I would challenge any viewer/listener to tell the difference. HDMI is a digital signal, and as long as the integrity of the signal is maintained, the cable will make no difference.
Not that all substitute cables are good, some of the cheaper cables Sears sells have poor connectors that easily fatigue and fail.
For $110 including tax and shipping, I bought 15m (DVI to HDMI), 3m and 2m (HDMI) cables and got a lovely pen and mousepad (ok that’s not much of an incentive, I know!). Arrived in just a few days.
Other countries I’m sure have equivalent suppliers, I can’t recommend from personal experience.