I find that quite disgusting as my friend know nothing about this matter and the salesperson is taking advantage of it - I suggest her to go somewhere else where they can be honest!
Your friendly Southern Geeky Fellow :P
crazed: Yep struck this myself at the local Harvey Normans store, Brought a HDMI DVD player and was told I needed a monster HDMI cable to get it working. The salesman was pretty pushy about it, until I pointed out that the DVD player had component out and I was planning to use it rather than HDMI. I eventually purchased a HDMI cable through another store afew weeks later, a 1 meter cable cost me $65, still have yet to notice much different between the HDMI cable and the component.
Guys, who have to realise that Monster Cable themselves are worse in a lot of ways than the retailers (and no, I am not making ANY excuses for the retailers, even though I have a family member who works at Harvey Norman they STILL try and flog me Monster Cables!), and the best case in point so far is this quite amazing situation in the US where Monster tried to sue another company for copyright infringment, but didn't realise the owner of said sued company had a legal background.
It is great reading, and shows that eventually you will find someone who will fight back.
[EDIT MOD (RC): Changed the retailers name, please treat everyone as you would like to be treated.]
Amazing how this cable con continues.
I saw an article in the media recently (was it on stuff.co.nz?) where they were recommending people to buy really expensive cables or they would get a bad picture.
I think the main reason that retailers push it so hard is that the big screen TVs and DVD players are sold on pretty tight margins these days and they actually make more profit selling you a 'magical' cable than they do on selling you the appliance - but I cant see for a short cable (say 2m or less) that you are likely to get too much signal loss.
Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn't have to do it himself - A. H. Weiler