I still can't believe that HDMI cables cost so expensive for a digital cable. I've bought heaps of 1.4 cables from Chinese retailers for only a few dollars with free shipping. Gave some to friends and family, none of the cables have had any issues over the years.
Just before Xmas DSE were selling their standard DSE branded 1.5mtr hdmi cables for $0.50 each online! I got 10 just for the hell of it.
Suspect that was all about cashflow. They would be getting sold at below cost. I have recently seen a family business close down, and they had a lot of stock, and just discounted everything well below the cost price, just to at least get something from the stock. If they closed and still had stock, it was pretty much worthless for them. To end up with stock after it has closed is a bit of a headache.