Fake HDMI cable crackdown - Taiwanese police raid suppliers of counterfeit HDMI cables, seize $2.6 million in knockoffs in a single day::Police in Taiwan have cracked down on counterfeit HDMI cable sales, raiding online sellers across the island.

  • @pedz
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    05 months ago

    This sounds like FUD.

    Fear, uncertainty and doubt (often shortened to FUD) is a manipulative propaganda tactic used in sales, marketing, public relations, politics, polling and cults. FUD is generally a strategy to influence perception by disseminating negative and dubious or false information, and is a manifestation of the appeal to fear.

    The line about the “warning” sounds exactly like like my old boss when he was selling LCD panels and telling people they had to clean their monitor with the special liquid he was selling at 200% markup because otherwise it would ruin their warranty. Or like some big box employee trying to sell you gold plated HDMI cables so the image can be better quality. Gotta buy the certified one because the cheapo could cause issues!

    It’s an HDMI cable FFS! It probably has been made in the exact same plant than other HDMI cables, but without paying for the license.

    • Transporter Room 3
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      05 months ago

      Tldr FUDs suck, then I kind of rant, and it gets away from me a bit.

      Having dealt with FUDs in other hobbies, this shit is EVERYWHERE once you start looking for it.

      I love asking people why their thing is better though. Like your boss, I would ask what makes his liquid special, then every time I get a generic answer, I’d ask for more specifics.

      Oh, it’s special. What makes it special? it’s got special properties other cleaning liquids don’t? Like what? Ooh, “enzymes?” what enzymes? What is their function? How is it produced? What will happen if I use other liquids? How do those enzymes protect the screen?

      And depending on how petty I felt, and how much time I had to kill, I’d keep going until they yell at me to leave or I get some kind of admission that their product is bs. Even if that admission is the “fine then don’t use my superior product, I don’t have to explain anything” crap they use to make themselves feel better. That’s not technically an admission, but to me it says “I have no faith in the words I’m saying, and continuing would only do harm to my product branding since it’s all bullshit”

      So far I’ve only gotten one actual admission of “okay I’m just making this shit up as I go, just stop talking so loud please, I have to sell stuff” and honestly I respect that man more than any other peddler I’ve met.

    • @[email protected]
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      05 months ago

      Another example from the same article is the $2.6m price tag. If they don’t work and cause fires, why are they worth any money?