One of the many reasons Circuit City should go out of business is their sale of ridiculously expensive cables, wire and cords. The secret to the industry of Monster Cables is that it is unnecessary and ineffective. Gold-plated or otherwise, Monster's $100 cables are not intrinsically better than the cheaper versions they're stocked next to. Don't believe us?
Instead of buying a $20 Belkin USB cable, make your own using an old 'obsolete' telephone cord. This Tinkernut-authored tutorial shows how easy wire splicing can be. They create a USB extension cord using parts for pennies on the dollar.
Stop hesitating; start hacking. This homebrew cable works just the same. The printer prints. The mouse moves.