For what am I overpaying?
September 1, 2011 12:33 PM Subscribe
For what am I overpaying (as others are doing for HDMI cables or spices, for example)?
posted by AgentRocket to shopping (32 answers total) 74 users marked this as a favorite
I was recently at an electronics store and I was amazed that the cheapest HDMI cable and/or USB printer cable I could find there was $25, while Monoprice has decent ones for $5 or less. Similarly, I buy spices at European or Mexican supermarkets because they are well cheaper than traditional supermarkets and just as good.
At the electronics store, I thought "who would ever pay that?", but then I thought "oh crap, I bet I am doing that too for other items."
So, what kind of items can you buy for really cheap (comparatively) from an alternative source that are priced more expensively at typical retailers? Any category is fair game - from food to jewelry to TVs to cars.
(I should say that I am NOT interested in "supercoupon" strategies or things where you have to game the system or do a lot of homework. I am referring instead to nontraditional or unexpected or online places where you can get a like-quality item for less money.)