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HDMI Cable at Dollarama?

Just curious, do dollar stores (i.e., Dollarama) sell HDMI cables? And if so, do they last a while?

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They do sell them. As far as lasting, it depends on the build. I've had some cheap ones that lasted a long time, but they were not moved much once plugged in. I expect that the casing and it's durability/flexibility would be limited for the cheaper price.

The last ones I bought I got off Monoprice and Amazon. Still pretty cheap, but more durable.
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Yes, but I've had connectivity issues with some, especially if you disconnect/move them at all, and there is no exchange policy.
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Yes, plenty of dollar stores do sell HDMI cables such as Dollarama. I picked on up my IPS monitor to connect it to my mac and have had no issues over the past year with either quality or it breaking. I've bought $80 monster cables for my TV that have broken in about 2 years. I would say its a smart purchase because even if it breaks in a year or so it's only about a $3 replacement. (I say $3 because Dollarama sells them for around that much).
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Thanks! Will pick one up tomorrow. Wasn't sure if they did or not.
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Yes they sell them. The quality is mediocre at best. They usually work but sometimes you'll get one that is defective. But for $3 it's hard to complain.

The Prine Cables ones are way better built but cost 4X as much. But then again, $12 is not a lot of money to spend on a cable.
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Typhoonz wrote: Just curious, do dollar stores (i.e., Dollarama) sell HDMI cables? And if so, do they last a while?

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I have 4-5 of them -- never failed.
Note: there are 2 sizes: 3 and 5 FT.
Short one can be , well, short if box is under a table.
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Dollarama has 1m/3' for $2.00, and 2m/6' for $3.00, last time I paid attention to the price.
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rabbit wrote: Dollarama has 1m/3' for $2.00, and 2m/6' for $3.00, last time I paid attention to the price.
The longer ones in our Dollaramas around here are 5 feet. I have never seen a 2 m one.
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I have those. Never had an issue so far in 720 or 1080 hd environment.

Dont work on 4k.

For 4k use the amazon hdmi. Go on sale once in a while.
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The days of $200 monster cables is long gone. HDMI cable has been a commodity for years. Dollarama does not have the monopoly on cheap cables. Shop around, there are tons of options. Infinite cables is reasonably accessible for me, I buy from them as a habit. Their pricing is Dollarama like for HDMI cables, never ever got a bad item from them.
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will888 wrote: The days of $200 monster cables is long gone. HDMI cable has been a commodity for years. Dollarama does not have the monopoly on cheap cables. Shop around, there are tons of options. Infinite cables is reasonably accessible for me, I buy from them as a habit. Their pricing is Dollarama like for HDMI cables, never ever got a bad item from them.
Can one do in store pickup at infinite cables?
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Dollarama has 3 and 6 foot cables last time I went. I use them for all my hdmi needs. Have had no issues for the past 3-4 years I've used them. I recommend them to everyone.

They are digital signal. No real difference between them and a $100 cable for short distances. Hdmi version matters but for typical usage dollar store cables do the trick.
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neverhaveiever wrote: Dollarama has 3 and 6 foot cables last time I went. I use them for all my hdmi needs. Have had no issues for the past 3-4 years I've used them. I recommend them to everyone.

They are digital signal. No real difference between them and a $100 cable for short distances. Hdmi version matters but for typical usage dollar store cables do the trick.
I have had at least two Dollarama cables fail out of about a dozen purchased.

One failed right out of the packaging. The other was giving me intermittent problems and replacing the cable fixed those problems.

I'd say the quality control on these isn't very good but like I said, for $3 it's hard to complain.

As far as recommendations, I recommend them to nobody, except as a quick cheap solution when you need something right away, or as a backup in your junk drawer. Otherwise if you can plan ahead you're better off spending a few bux more for better made cables.

Oh and as others have mentioned don't expect these to work with 4K.
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neverhaveiever wrote: They are digital signal. No real difference between them and a $100 cable for short distances. Hdmi version matters but for typical usage dollar store cables do the trick.
Uh yeah "they are digital signal" but the cables are also made of wires. When they use crap/cheap copper and alum stocks to make these things they can have issues transmitting signals and just fail out of nowhere in time. You're correct that they are more ideal for short distances where these defects are less likely to cause issue but corroded/oxidized wire stocks which are likely being used in these bargain-basement cables are very hit and miss otherwise. As others have mentioned you can buy ones that are just DOA, ones that won't even carry a 1080p signal well, and ones that seem to work fine at first but fail later on (for example if corrosion inside the cable worsens over time).

I'd buy/use one in a pinch but not for anything else. Just because you've had good luck doesn't mean everyone will...and after cables like this stop working some people are even fool enough to overlook the crap cable they bought and think either their device or TV has a problem :rolleyes: (Yes I've seen this happen and someone I knew was going to buy a new BD player when I was like, "where did you get this cable?!" lol.)

As EugW said, $10-15 on a quality cable is not that much to spend. No one here is going to tell anyone to buy a $100 HDMI cable (and I'm not even sure that crap like that exists anymore) but OTOH going as cheap as is possible, isn't the best idea either.
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jacky28 wrote: Can one do in store pickup at infinite cables?
Yes, you can even do in store order. Their pick up window service has grown. There is a computer terminal there and the guy can do ordering from there, although it's more convenient to order ahead of time and arrive a bit later with order all ready to go.
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There is no difference in performance, the only difference with the $50+ cables is that they are each checked for continuity.
The company I worked for made a killing buying $0.17 HDMI cables and checking them without even taking it out of the plastic bag and reselling them to the Canadian government and various universities for $50ea !

10 seconds gets us $49.83 per cable ...easy money FTW ! ...LoL
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Personally, I've had more luck with the $5 Walmart cables than the $3 Dollarama (and Walmart will take back the defective ones) . The Walmart ones seem to satisfy adequately HDMI 1.4, who knows what the Dollarama ones really are. If you are using ARC and/or CEC, spending a few dollars more and saving yourself some headaches may be worthwhile. As the previous poster says, the Dollarama work in a pinch... maybe. It depends on your needs and how many trips to the store you're willing to make.
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willilumplump wrote: Personally, I've had more luck with the $5 Walmart cables than the $3 Dollarama (and Walmart will take back the defective ones) . The Walmart ones seem to satisfy adequately HDMI 1.4, who knows what the Dollarama ones really are. If you are using ARC and/or CEC, spending a few dollars more and saving yourself some headaches may be worthwhile. As the previous poster says, the Dollarama work in a pinch... maybe. It depends on your needs and how many trips to the store you're willing to make.
You must of have gotten the <1% of all their defects ! ...LoL
Most of the defects occur when the plastic is molded over the connector which can break the connection when the hot plastic is injected around the termination.
There is no rocket science to HDMI cables, it is basically network cabling with a HDMI connector at both ends !
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EugW wrote: The longer ones in our Dollaramas around here are 5 feet. I have never seen a 2 m one.
You're probably right. I didn't really pay much attention to the longer ones. By the time Dollarama started carrying them, I already had lots from Meritline, whenever they had them as a daily special.

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