Monoprice: From underground following to legitimate electronics brand

By Shawn Knight ยท 17 replies
Feb 5, 2013
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  1. Monoprice built a very successful online business by doing one thing exceedingly well: offering extremely high quality cables (most notably HDMI cables) at unheard of bargain basement prices. This allowed the company to grow into a $120 million a year...

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  2. SantistaUSA

    SantistaUSA TS Booster Posts: 93   +22

    Wow where have I been? This is the first time I hear about them. Gonna have to keep my eye on this. :)
  3. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,828   +633

    If that screen goes in stock I think that it'll be my next upgrade, 27" with that resolution is a sweet deal, especially at that price.
  4. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,272   +456

    For the last few years this is where I've gone whenever the wife and I have an argument - it's my sort of nerd revenge shopping spot. Guess that's why I have so many high quality cables packed away.
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I've been buying from them for years, never had a problem with quality. Been recommending to anyone I know that is in need of a cable too.

    Man, I want that camera. I've been doing a lot of singletrack mountain biking in the last few months, would be awesome to capture some of that. The GoPro is too expensive for me. Sadly, this one is too, but once I have some spending money again their camera looks good..
  6. Their audio cables are great as well
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    This is great. No harm in shaking up the big boys. They over charge for their products anyway. Just goes to show what can be done with a bit of ingenuity. I've no qualms in supporting them.
  8. Wagan8r

    Wagan8r TS Evangelist Posts: 603   +64

    Monoprice is awesome. I've used them exclusively for HDMI cables. Also worth noting for any aspiring graphical artists, Monoprice has killer deals on graphic drawing tablets. Forget Bamboo. I picked up a 10" tablet a couple of years back for about $40.
  9. I live in Montreal, and even with the inflated shipping charges, Monoprice is still the best deal around.
  10. TorturedChaos

    TorturedChaos TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 839   +29

    Man I guess I was way outa the loop. Wish I knew about these guys when I was wiring my house with Cat5 - I spent way too much on the keystones and wall plates....
  11. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 1,936   +1,101

    Just because of HDMI cables...? Thats quite false. Tech's/Consumers have been purchasing various adapters, speaker wire, and all types of cables from them for years at bargain prices.
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I've just perused their e-catalogue. Man, do they have some good prices.
  13. free4rm

    free4rm TS Rookie Posts: 19

    I first started been buying cables from Monoprice in early 2011 when I read about them on an online article about setting your home theater. Have been buying from them since and have all my electronics connected with cables and adapters I've purchased from Monoprice, even bought accessories for my tablet. The prices are incredible. I always recommend them to my coworkers and friends, even the standard ground shipping rates for the States are very reasonable. I live in Arizona and almost all of my orders are delivered overnight by one of the companies they contract with (the delivery company sends you a pic email of your package where they left it upon delivery), it is a great company!
  14. Absolutely one of the best places to buy A/V gear. Great quality, even better pricing.
  15. avoidz

    avoidz TS Guru Posts: 460   +56

    $3 dollar Cat5 cable from Monoprice, great deal. $40 with shipping to Australia, not so great.
  16. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Yeah, always a catch somewhere along the line. Not Monoprice's fault or problem at all.
  17. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 268   +39

    I liked them when they were mainly a cable company.

    Their quality has dropped since then. Shame that companies try to keep getting bigger and bigger and ruining themselves (Neowin, Amazon, etc., even gaming companies like Blizzard!)
  18. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    How has their quality dropped? I'm sure their cables are the same as they were years ago.

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