When a Computer Cable is an Audio Cable

USB CablesLast week I purchased two 1.5 Terabyte NTFS hard drives from Costco for less than $230 total including tax out the door – unbelievable but that is not the point of this post.

While shopping I also decided to purchase a multi-function printer-scanner that prints direct on CDs/DVDs, but it only came with a six foot USB 2.0 cable and I needed an extra couple of feet to maintain office feng shui.

This lead to a robust search of where to buy an USB extension cable.

Long story short, I was very impressed with Walmart.com’s offering, deeply dissapointed with Staples.com and RadioShack.com – ugh.

Ultimately it was BestBuy.com that got my order but the BIG surprise was that all other stores, including BestBuy, were selling USB extension cables for $25-$45 and all I needed was a couple feet.

Turns out that BestBuy was the only company with cables available in-store whereas all the others only sold via web. BestBuy also has an audio-music section and I’m well versed in all things audio and music cables so when I saw in their music section that they had a Hosa 10 foot USB cable for $9.99, well, suffice it to say grand cable happiness ensued in the Scott household.

Accordingly, the moral of this post is when looking for computer cables, be sure to check out the music sections. As to Hosa, I love their cables and have enjoyed years of success with their S/PDIF, xlr, stereo, mono, 1/4″ guitar and midi cables.

PS – fyi, the cheapest cable in the computer section at BestBuy was model GS-6UEC sku 6801017 at $25 for this six foot USB 2.0 a/a extension cable, but their music section had the Hosa 10 foot highspeed USB 2.0 cable in black (model USB-210AB sku 8895412) for only $9.99.

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