Pro Tip: Never buy a cable wrapped in Gold.
Weblog MintLife has an awesome infographic proving why getting an expensive gold plated HDMI cable is unnecessary. To put it in a nutshell, the quality of $10 and $250 HDMI cable are same. So why are companies like Mint selling expensive HDMI cables? To dupe people and earn higher profit margins on each sale.
Having ignored reports by both Gizmodo and Consumerist, I went ahead to get a $40 HDMI cable (see screenshot above) from some Taiwanese manufacturer a few months back. The result: no improvement in quality compared with four other HDMI cables(that cost $10) back at home. In short, I got duped.
We have embedded the full infographics below.