Joke of the day!

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Tom.le, Sep 19, 2002.

  1. Tom.le

    Tom.le Agent

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    Hey, everyone, check this out!
    http://www.bettercables.com/1met328feetp1.html
    They want to sell you a 3.28 foot fiber-optic cable for $60. WHAT A JOKE!
    And if you want to buy the 9.8 foot cable (3 meters), that'd be $100!!
    You can probably find a 3 meter cable on PriceWatch for around $15. And maybe even cheaper elsewhere. Actually, I just checked ebay, 12 foot toslink for $8, $10 if you "buy it now".
    Fiber is fiber is fiber. It's optical, it's either there or it's not. And why even gold-plate the connector? It's the outer part that doesn't do anything. The important part is the tip, where the red light enters. Unless their cable is ultra-thick to support ungodly amounts of bandwidth, it's overpriced. And even then, the connector is small in diameter anyway, so there's a bottleneck already since it's toslink, and it has to be a cerain diameter to begin with, and a certain bandwidth.
    Anyway.. I keep this link on my desktop. Whenever I need a good laugh, I check it out. Amazing.. $100 for a 3 meter cable.
     
  2. James Brown

    James Brown Stunt Coordinator

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    I bought a 2m lenght fiber cable at a computer show locally. I paid I believe $3.00 or some rediculous price like that and it works fine.
    Coming from a telecommunications background, I too beleive that fiber is fiber is fiber.
    With that, I took my no name brand cable and rigged it with a Platinum connector and added a heat sink with a cooling fan. [​IMG]
     
  3. ColinM

    ColinM Cinematographer

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    People can sell what they want, but buyer beware I guess...


    What's the reason for gold plating on an opty cable anyway??

    And yeah, don't flame a sponsor. Bad karma.
     
  4. BorisM

    BorisM Stunt Coordinator

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    Probably not a good idea to make fun of the sponsor of this board.
     
  5. Frank Zimkas

    Frank Zimkas Supporting Actor

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    I would think the sponsor may figure out that we are just a little stupid, not a lot stupider than youz average J6P.
     
  6. Bob McElfresh

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    Keep in mind guys, that the real expense in either a copper or fiber cable is NOT the materials - it's the labor.

    I did the calculations one day to build a 6 ft Canare component cable for someone. Not including the cost for the tools or any labor charges, that cable cost about $48. (This is zero profit and zero charge for handling.)

    This is why many of these cables from the custom houses start at about $50.
     
  7. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    Jeeze Bob- where you buying your parts? My supplier, this 6 footer is less than $30 in parts. When I build for friends, I mark up the supply prices to cover shipping and make a few bucks- and even then I charged $39.40 for a super deluxe 6 footer, and easily made money on it.

    -Vince
     
  8. Bob McElfresh

    Bob McElfresh Producer

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    I calculated the $7 cut-charge from HAVE.INC (because I did not want to buy a 300 ft spool), shipping from NY. I added $1 for shrink tubing. The box price I got from Mail Box's Etc. was about $3. The shipping back to NY I calculated at $3.20.

    It's all the little charges that add up, and this does not include any charge for my time to order/stock/wrap/ship.

    The above calculations do not include things like tool expenses (wear and tear), storage for the stock & tools, promotion fees (cost of setting up a web site/posting to eBay, fee for taking credit cards, etc.)

    When you do it as a business instead of a hobby, you need to include every penny.
     
  9. Vince Maskeeper

    Vince Maskeeper Producer

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    Oh, absolutely- I didn't think the people building for profit should be charging less than $40, just your post seemed to outline parts costs alone at $40, when I find that raw parts costs were around half that.

    -V
     
  10. Mike Knapp

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    Use whatever cable you feel matches the quality level of the rest of your equipment. If a 15 dollar one meets that criteria, then buy it.

    You wont find any 15 dollar cables in my rig.

    Mike
     
  11. Dan Pawlowski

    Dan Pawlowski Stunt Coordinator

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    Ya cables are way over-rated in audio applications. I work in telecommunications and I have a wide variety of cables to use at my disposal. I have tried several variations of interconnects. None make any audible differences. Although, some look pretty cool.

    I find that in video, cables do make a difference. In fact the difference that cannot be seen on a monitor screen can be measured on a simple oscilloscope. Funny how it is the opposite in audio. Differences with interconnects cannot be measured but can be heard????
     
  12. James Brown

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    IMO wether its $75 or $3 fiber cable, fiber is fiber is fiber. What I found ammusing was the use of gold plated toslink connectors.

    So is it the looks not quality that one would pay extra $$$ for a piece of fiber?

    I would think that when going copper you get what you pay for, but not the case with fiber.
     
  13. Jon_Are

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