Get a 6-foot Rosewill HDMI cable for $2.99 shipped
Unknowing shoppers often pay 10 times as much for these cables. Don't make that mistake!
Did Santa bring you a new HDTV? Or a Roku box? Maybe a PlayStation 3? Whatever the case, you'll probably need an HDMI cable or two.
While supplies last, Newegg has the Rosewill Pellucid HD 6-foot HDMI cable for $2.99 shipped. That's the lowest price I've seen on a name-brand (as opposed to generic) cable.
Of course, as regular Cheapskate readers know, most generic, low-cost HDMI cables work just as well as their crazily overpriced counterparts. (I'm looking at you, Belkin and Monster.)
I'm running at least half a dozen "cheapies" in my house, and all of them deliver picture-perfect results.
Rosewill is a pretty established name in the tech-gear community, though I don't know what "Pellucid" means. Anyway, the cable earned a five-star rating from nearly 600 Newegg buyers, so you can rest assured it's a damn good product. Might want to stock up on a few! (Newegg limits the cables to five per customer.)
Bottom line: Don't pay $20 to $30 (or more!) for an HDMI cable, regardless of what you hear from an electronics store salesperson or HDTV installer.
By the way, if Newegg sells out or raises the price (both of which can happen without warning), Meritline continues to offer a 6-foot HDMI cable for $3.59 shipped. And Amazon always has good deals, like this two-pack of 6-foot HDMI cables for $1.70 (plus $2.95 for shipping).
Bonus deal: I have to give one last shout-out to Ebates, one of my favorite "tech deals" of 2011. I now use this cash rebate site for almost everything I buy online, earning 6 percent back here, 3 percent there, and so on. (Take that, Discover card, with your measly 1 percent!) If you're shopping anyway, it's crazy not to start your purchase at this free and easy portal (or one like it).
Bonus deal No. 2: From now until Jan. 3, you can get 50 percent off all PopCap games (including those for PC, Mac, tablets, Android, iOS, and Nintendo DS). Great time to stock up on titles like Plants Vs. Zombies, Peggle, and Bejeweled 3.