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      Best way to detect fake HDMI cables

      Radio equipment wholesaler here and Im desperate for some advice. Weve been mostly dealing with older-model stuff, but have recently decided to start stocking High Definition equipment and the like.

      Whats the best way to tell fake HDMI cabling from the real thing? I dont much feel like getting myself into a mess with a bunch of useless cables.
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      Basically any make of HDMI cable is being counterfeited at this point, but Monster cables are exactly the kind of high-end, high-price product pirates like to target, and Monster as a company is very active in fighting counterfeiters. As such, there’s a lot of open information on detecting fake Monster cables. For this reason, I’ll be using Monster cables when I make specific references and examples.

      Counterfeiters mostly prey on the buyer’s cupidity (not to be confused with stupidity) -- that is, the wish to have money, and to hold on to as much of it as possible.

      Because of this, the number one way to detect fake HDMI cables is by a simple price comparison. Monster cables are especially expensive, but HDMI technology is still a relatively young and covers a small market, and that means prices on genuine, reliable products should be rather expensive.

      Your best bet is going to be checking prices against a definite authorized source. If the prices you are investigating seem unreasonably lower than those at the genuine source, then you’re most likely dealing with false merchandise. I’d say anything more than a 5% difference is suspect. In the case of Monster cables, the absolute lowest you’re looking at is around $30/unit.

      ● Bulk deals are most likely going to be fake unless you can get a definite “yes” from the manufacturer on whether or not they sell bulk. For instance, Monster doesn’t do bulk price cuts, or sell outside its authorized dealers network; so, any bulk price cuts on Monster cables will guarantee you fake product.

      ● Don’t deal with any cables with which you’re not already acquainted. Compare suspect units against everything--

      ○ Packaging type-- cardboard box, blister-pack, paper sack, whatever. Be especially suspicious of units sold in original equipment manufacturer (OEM) packaging.
      ○ Check for blurred text, wrong fonts, cheap or faded coloring, strange marks, and even misspellings.
      ○ If the unit lacks warranty booklet, instructions, or a UPC code on the bottom of the box, it’s fake.
      ○ Differences in the cables themselves. This is mostly a cosmetic consideration.

      ● Bottom line here; there’s going to be noticeable differences between ersatz and genuine. Think about it-- the only perfect copy is one that matches the genuine exactly, and then it isn’t fake anymore, now is it? Fakes will be of lesser make; otherwise they wouldn’t be on sale for cheaper than the real thing.

      ● The obvious one-- any cables sold in an email are fake.
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      Sidd mentioned it, and call me a completist, but I figured it made sense to have a fully detailed thread here. These are just a few suppliers from Monster’s list of authorized dealers, followed by the specifics on blacklisted sites.

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      Norman CameraPower Systems DirectVideo & Audio Center
      OneCallSonic ElectronixYour Electronic Warehouse
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      PC ConnectionPlasma Concepts 

      Not from these guys-

      ● Anything with the name “Dre”, “Beats”, or “Monster” in the URL, except MonsterCable.com and BeatsByDre.com, are unauthorized and likely to sell knockoffs.
      ● 2010USheadphone.com

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