"For as long as I can remember, I've championed cheap cables. Fifty bucks for six feet of HDMI cord?! Don't be silly; the $5 jobs are just as good. Same goes for optical, Ethernet, Micro-USB -- you name it.
But Lightning cables? That's another story. Apple charges $19 and $29 for 3- and 6-foot versions, which is just plain ridiculous. Hit up Amazon or Ebay and you'll find five-packs selling for $6.99 out the door. That kind of discrepancy means this is just another case of the "Apple tax," right?
Maybe not. Or maybe it's a "tax" of a different kind. See, over the past year or so, I've ordered a variety of cheap Lightning cables. Some from Ebay, some from daily-deal sites, some from parts unknown (or at least, unremembered).
These are so I can charge wherever needed: the car, the kitchen, the nightstand. It's not like I'm constantly twisting and folding and stretching them, nor even shoving them into travel bags (though that does happen on occasion). Even so, the end result has been the same. Every time. Without exception.
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