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The price of accessories: The cheap and the overpriced

In an incredibly lucrative market, some manufacturers often abuse the pricing of their products. Brands prefer to talk about ‘personalization’ to promote their accessories that make up a very profitable business. But there’s always one that takes it too far! Here’s a detailed review about those who push the boundaries a little too far.

External camera

The Moto Mod Hasselblad True Zoom by Motorola

Despite the progress that smartphones have made in terms of photography, manufacturers continue to offer accessories aimed at improving the abilities of their smartphones. This is particularly the case for brands that offer modular smartphones, like Motorola.

And the Hasselblad True Zoom is the perfect example of an accessory that costs far too much (around $300) for what it offers. It’s almost the price of a reflex or an entry level hybrid camera. What’s even worse is that the Moto Mod Hasselblad True Zoom doesn’t offer any real value. It’s X10 zoom is a little disappointing and the Moto Mod doesn’t bring any added value to photos compared to the Moto Z.

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The Hasselblad photo module is quite disappointing and its price tag is way too high. © AndroidPIT

The counterexample

The Pixter Pro is an additional lens for smartphones. Shaped like a peg, it can clip onto many smartphone models. You can also continue to use it if you change smartphone. Pixter Pro also offers wider angles. And while some of you might miss the optical zoom, remember that its price (around $50) will quickly make you forget about its downfalls.

Wireless charger

Vertu wireless charger

Despite an eventful history, the wireless charger has managed to win over many users, particularly because of its simplicity. While not all smartphones are compatible, the wireless charger is becoming more and more popular. Even the furnishing giant, Ikea, is now selling charging docks.This luxury phone manufacturer's prices tend to be pretty steep. For the wireless charger, the prices reach highs of… $500! 

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Vertu's wireless charger. © Vertu

The counterexample

As I mentioned previously, Ikea sells a QI certified (one of the most common standards, which is notably compatible with the Samsung Galaxy series) wireless charging station for $40. Another advantage is that the popular Swedish store sells it in several colors and even sells a triple station for $115.  

Cables

Apple Lightning to USB

The cable business is one of the most important sectors of the market in terms of accessories. Charging cables are actually very fragile. If your device is experiencing difficulties with charging, it’s probably due to a defective cable. Apple lags behind in this area. The firm charges $30 for its Lightning to USB cable!

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Apple and its cables, what a tale. © Apple

The counterexample

Fortunately, you can buy the same thing for a third of the price on Amazon and the cable is Apple-certified!

Do you have other examples of manufacturers that excessively overprice their products? Tell us in the comments.

Opinion by Pierre Vitré
Even though it costs more, I would still buy Apple's original cable
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  • Mark G. 3 months ago Link to comment

    If your in the UK and are looking for decent charger & cables then try JuicEBitz they have a store on Ebay but you can get discounts directly from the website.

    Peace 🖖🏼


  • Normally I look for a product on Amazon and then compare eBay or Canadian retailers for price, factoring shipping. Sometimes there's a legitimate quality premium, but I've bought good protective cases on eBay from Hong Kong for half a dozen android devices in recent years for C$7 or less, where the identical products are sold for C$15-C$20 on Amazon Canada and even more at Best Buy, etc. The problem these days is delay - where a few years ago the oversupply of cargo ships would deliver to Canada in a week, now it's five or six weeks - in effect it means paying two or three times the price for quick shipping.


  • the one company above all others that epitomises obscene profit margins and a greedy abusive pricing attitude towards customers is also the most successful company in the world..
    at the cost of it's work force and customers..
    some of which is justified by having a shop that you can visit where you can pay for the privilege of an adaptor that's served to you by a real human being..


  • This another reason I have never given the iPhones any chance you get so ripped off buying there accessories to help keep your phone safe and running,and with Samsung phones very popular there are loads of websites to purchase accessories for my phones,it's what you willing to pay for your items that determines what you buy,but with Samsung offering curved screens,it's the cases that do not remove the tempered glass,makes me choose the right ones

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