Originally Posted by tvguy01
IMHO, I believe most people want to get their money's worth for their investment. They sometimes do not have the expertise to achieve that goal. If someone takes the time to show and explain to them the differences in quality between RF-modulated video, composite, component and HDMI.
Store salesmen compound the problem because they usually don't care.
Remember, at one time we were all 'DTV-ignorant'. We learned through communication with those who did know.
sgarringer weaves a decent enough tale, but there are two major problems with the story.
a) Best Buy offers and sells many different non-Monster HDMI cables for less than $20.
b) Blu-ray Disc players already come with a red/white/yellow cable in the box.
It takes a special kind of a person to not to want to help educate their fellow family members on such a purchase to get the most for their money.
Like you mentioned, tvguy01, most people can tell that they're only putting a 4:3 SD picture onto a 16:9 HDTV, and most people DO care, even without someone pointing out to them that there's a better way.
5 minutes of education would show them that they can use cables already laying around the house to at least get 3/4 of the way towards the goal of a the best quality picture. Because, even if they DID buy a red/white/yellow cable separately, it can still be hooked up to the component R/G/B connections. There's nothing special or magical about RCA component connections and wires.