I worked retail for years. It helped me pay my way through college, and I learned a lot in my time as a regular associate, assistant manager and eventually a manager. What I hated most about the job is what really irks me today. The Upsell.
You know the drill. You go to a Best Buy and get a new device. Maybe you got a new Xbox, PlayStation or television and you need those extra cables to get up-and-running. The associate probably tried to sell you this $52 HDMI cable with a pitch along the line of "it'll help you get the best clarity out of your new Xbox, Playstation, television."
I almost fell for this a few years ago, and after seeing someone else get this same pitch recently, I thought I'd pass along my experience and the information I've been told.
You do not need a $60 cable. You can get this two pack of (amzn.to/2DyvJkc)[Amazon Basic] cables for $8 and you'll get the same quality picture. I asked people I trust, and they've all told me the same thing.
The Wirecutter has them as the runner-up in terms of the best deal when you look at individual cables (not the two pack).
I purchased several of them years ago, just in case and I've never needed to buy more. I give them as gifts to friends when they get a new device and need a cable.
But if you need a third-party, here's what Digital Trends had to say on the subject:
Don't get duped by the salespeople. I realize they have a job to do and if you can afford the more expensive cables, by all means, go ahead. But information is power, so go in armed with the facts before you get upsold.