Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Batteries and HDMI cables, at a good price!

I thought I'd give a new blog a try. I had a blog a while ago here on blogspot, but it never went anywhere. This blog will serve as an outlet for whatever I decide to write about.
It might be photography, or slide scanning or local Saugus stuff.

Maybe I'll use it to complain about the weather or the price of oil. Maybe I'll share some new bargains I've discovered on the Web.

Speaking of bargains, most of us lots of AA and 9 volt batteries around the house. There's never a good set around when you need it. Or, you've got a drawer full of half dead ones, and no battery tester.

Several months ago I needed a slew of 9 volts to refill smoke detectors. After about 33 seconds of a discriminatory search of the Web, I found http://www.batterywarehousedirect.com/

The per battery cost is MUCH lower than you ever find at local stores. The online ordering was easy and quick. Batteries were in my mailbox 2 days later. Shipping is less than $5.00, no matter the weight! After the first good experience ordering batteries there, I ordered 32 more AA batteries the other day. Once again, fast shipping, good price, no complaints. Did I mention the batteries are Duracell Alkaline?

HDMI Cables Price Gouging:
Many of you techno geeks are probably in need of HDMI cables for your new HDTV, cable box, Blue Ray player, Playstation 3 etc.
Some places are charging OUTRAGEOUS prices for HDMI cables. Average in-store prices run from about $15.00 to over $120.00 for the same product. A cable, is a cable, is a cable. If it's got gold plated contacts great. If it's got a heavy duty sheathing over it, it's a monster! Does that affect performance? No.

A quick search on Amazon.com should bring up HDMI cables for as little as $2.00 each.


Jim said...

Jim, this is silly!

Anonymous said...

this really is nonsense!

Eric said...

You can also switch over to rechargeable batteries. A NiMH AA battery can be recharged many times, making it significantly cheaper than the equivalent number of non-rechargeable ones, even if you don't get a good deal on its initial purchase. The NiCad ones aren't as good as the NiMHs, but still quite a bit better than the non-rechargeable ones.

Another trick is to cut open one of the large lantern batteries; it's individual cells are AA equivalent. I've not personally tried this, so YMMV.

Jim said...

Rechargeables are great and I use them in a variety of electronic devices. There are several applications where rechargeables are not a good choice:

TV remotes, clocks, smoke detectors, indoor/ outdoor thermometers, etc.

Therefore, I like to keep alkaline AA and 9V batteries on-hand.