Amazon's very expensive cable, and the comments for it.

http://www.amazon.com/AudioQuest-K2-terminated-speaker-cable/dp/B000J36XR2/ref=pd_sim_sbs_e_18

I was flipping around on Kotaku, and came across a page talking about the MASSIVE rip-offs involving HDMI cables. I read the article and found this link in the comments. This is a $9,000 audio cable from Amazon. I went down to the comments (mostly to see if some idiot bought this), and found some interesting comments. And by interesting, I mean I fell out of my chair laughing. 
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Some comments:
" We live underground. We speak with our hands. We wear the earplugs all our lives.

PLEASE! You must listen! We cannot maintain the link for long... I will type as fast as I can.

DO NOT USE THE CABLES!

We were fools, fools to develop such a thing! Sound was never meant to be this clear, this pure, this... accurate. For a few short days, we marveled. Then the... whispers... began.

Were they Aramaic? Hyperborean? Some even more ancient tongue, first spoken by elder races under the red light of dying suns far from here? We do not know, but somehow, slowly... we began to UNDERSTAND.

No, no, please! I don't want to remember! YOU WILL NOT MAKE ME REMEMBER! I saw brave men claw their own eyes out... oh, god, the screaming... the mobs of feral children feasting on corpses, the shadows MOVING, the fires burning in the air! The CHANTING!

WHY CAN'T I FORGET THE WORDS???

We live underground. We speak with our hands. We wear the earplugs all our lives.

Do not use the cables!" - By Whisper
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"If there is one cable I would whole-heartedly trust to my Chimera-hunting needs, this would be the cable. No other cable has the tensile strength to properly and efficiently garrote a lycanthrope, asphyxiate an Esquilax or even gag a mermaid. Last week, using my trusty AudioQuest K2 (retrofitted with lead weights, bright orange latex paint and a generous coating of crushed glass stolen from the window of an abandoned church at midnight), I managed to snuff 3 golden unicorns in swift succession! 

Pros: Quickly tears through scales, fur, bone, and adamantium with ease 
Coils and uncoils from hip holster (optional) quickly and quietly 
For a product fabricated from 1,000 Onyx Dragon fetuses, the price is unbelievably reasonable! 

Cons: Shipping from the R'lyeh took far too long 
Doesn't come in 10' lengths (which would be perfect for hydra, cerberii and other multi-headed creatures) 
After every use, I can feel 6 ounces of my soul slipping from my core into the ether. But this may be due to the fact that I prefer to work without gloves. YMMV. 

Overall, I would recommend that any hunter buy one, nay, two, of these immediately, and experience the difference that upgrading to the K2 will make in your next quest!" - By Valannin "Pantheon Outcast"


Picture of Amazon's very expensive cable, and the comments for it.
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Kiteman6 years ago
The whole list of reviews is just brilliant - I haven't found a single one without its tongue wedged deeply in its cheek!

I had heard that Amazon has pricing algorithms that work independently, and sometimes get carried away (such as a book on fly genetics which originally hit the shelves priced at $23.6 million) - I wonder if this is another example of the same thing?

I hope it is - who in their right mind pays $9k for a few feet of wire?
lemonie Kiteman6 years ago

Has it occurred to you that the product may have been deliberately priced as such in order to answer your question : "who in their right mind pays $9k for a few feet of wire?"

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Kiteman lemonie6 years ago
Oh, a bizarre form of viral marketing!
lemonie Kiteman6 years ago

It gets attention doesn't it..?

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Kiteman lemonie6 years ago
Not just that, it made people actively tell other people.
Nope, it's not a mistake in Amazon's algorithm. You should check out audiophile culture if you haven't yet - this is par for the course. :D
It sounds kinda idiotic. If you or I wanted good sound quality, We'd probably drop 60-150 bucks on good quality headphones, and professionals might spend up to 300 dollars, and you hear your sound in very good detail with that kind of equipment. Looking at the kind of things audiophiles buy, like this overpriced thick string, what in the heck are you going to get out of a $8500 cord that you aren't going to get out of some good speakers?
If I had that money spare for a sound system, I'd spend it going to see the bands live...
The only problem I have with live performances is that the artists will always have a noticeable deviation from the original song, and it's not their fault, but hearing the live performance would skew my memory of the original song that I heard already.
Nah, live is better, more real.
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