Originally Posted by system60
I might have misread you post but it sounded as if you were saying the adapter cost nearly $30 to make.
That is what I was saying. I'm not talking just parts. But all-in manufacturing. Even for a knock-off. In tooling, design and components? Yes, it doesn't appear that there's much of a margin. If Apple sells it for $30, they need to sell theirs for $20 or less to get people to buy it. Now Apple may be making $10 a piece on each one. The knock-off could cut quality and drop that price too, but a dramatic part of the price is hard coded to that processor. Since they can't get that processor(it's Apple's chip, the fabs won't be selling it without Apple's authorization), they'd have to reverse engineer their own. That's an enormous amount of capital to put into something like this. Normal knock-off cables aren't anywhere near this level of sophistication. Think of powered dual-link DVI adapters. Knock-off versions hardly ever work right, because they're way more complex than just a regular single link DVI adapter.