Originally Posted by darklordjames
Just about everyone calls up the same couple of factories in China and tells them, "I want a cable of this style to sell to my customers". Some companies also add "Add some nylon and gold plating so I can run the best scam".
The cables then get shipped to the US and Monoprice sticks the cable in a clear plastic bag. Monster and the wide variety of online cable-scam retailers package the cable in the fanciest space-devil plastic possible and slap fancy made up phrases on the box. The consumer doesn't know enough about what they are buying, and so they are easily taken in.
Zedrein - If you are ever paying more than $20 for a cable of any sort, and it isn't some sort of crazy 50 ft long HDMI or something, then you are getting ripped off. Seeing a cable for more than $20, your default position should be "This is a scam", not "This is well made".
This is true of many products produced in Asia. Not just consumer electronics.
For several years I worked for a musical instrument retailer. Virtually every guitar produced in Japan up until the late 90s was actually built by Fujigen Gakki. Most Japanese-built Fender & Ibanez guitars came from this factory. Order enough guitars & they'd slap just about whatever brand name you wanted on it. Of course these days, Japanese built instruments are often comparable in price to US built stuff, with the "cheap" stuff now produced in China, Korea...even Vietnam (a major location of production for the once "US Made"-only Peavey). And in Fender's case, a lot of products are now made in Mexico.
Same with drum hardware - save for pricey high end stuff from DW & Sonor (and even all of DW gear was not considered "high end"), most all hardware was made by the Asian manufacturer KHS, which also issued their own brand-Mapex-a number of years ago. Gibraltar, Ludwig, Tama, Pearl.....all that hardware came from the same Asian factory.
Now - not saying these companies were scamming or ripping folks off. But with most Asian-made products, there are far more brand names than there are actual factories.