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There's no law that says they have to get cheaper, and yet year after year, decade after decade, they do. Today we visit a company where people make this happen. Singing It's the next big thing. It's the next big thing. I went out to Monoprice a few weeks ago. Their headquarters is in this super generic office park in the awesomely named Rancho Cucamonga, California. It's at the base of the foothills just outside of L. This building's aboutsquare feet in size.
I feel like everybody always says how many football fields something like that would be. I'm not sure how many football fields that is.
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I looked it up, you could fit three football fields in the Monoprice warehouse. And cables, it turns out, still a big deal at Monoprice. Here are some cables, more cables, thousand-foot - thousand-foot cables. We got cables everywhere. What's the biggest seller? Our six-foot HDMI cable is product number and it sells like crazy. You have like a trophy on your wall that says on it?
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No but everybody knows that number. Everybody in this building knows that PID number. Monoprice doesn't just buy cheap stuff from other companies. They don't just find little things in markets in China and then sell it at retail. They put the Monoprice name right on it. I visited this room at the company's headquarters where a lot of this work happens. It's called the test lab.
And the first thing to say about the test lab is it is not a lab. Picture more like a rec room for somebody who is super into electronics. One side of the room is like speaker land.
This is my neck of the woods here. This is my little audio corner.
Albert Cardenas is Monoprice's speaker guy. What is that on the wall? Kind of looks like a padded cell Laughter.
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There's speaker parts, speaker boxes, speaker wires. Albert starts taking apart a speaker to show me his work. And the grill removes and you get a aluminum midrange and a three-quarter inch aluminum tweeter. The guys in this room are tinkerers. There's no brand-new concepts. No one's coming up with inventions that no one's ever seen before. The form of progress at Monoprice is to take like a little piece of metal in an already existing speaker and just make it a little bit thinner.
So basically I redesign what's called the faceplate here. He says this made the sound clearer. He gives me a little demonstration. He puts his hand in front of his mouth. So this would've been the before, this would've been the after. This is the before. This is the after.
Another corner of the test lab belongs to a guy named Chris Apland. There's this big fancy monitor sitting on a desk in that corner of the room. Pro tip - if you want to sound like a savvy tech expert, don't call a monitor a monitor.
Call it a display. That's what Chris does. This is our newest 4K display utilizing some of the fanciest things on the market right now. I should turn it on for you. Chris and Albert's job is to be on the hunt at all times looking for popular stuff that they can figure out how to sell at a discount. And to be clear about this, there is a lot of popular stuff that Monoprice doesn't sell at all because they take a look at it and it's already so cheap.
One really striking example of this is flats screen TVs. If you walk into a store and buy a TV, almost any TV, you are probably paying about what it costs to make that TV and get it to you. You're probably getting a good deal when you buy a flat screen TV, so Monoprice does not sell flat-screen TVs because there's no way they could sell them at a discount and make a profit. So a lot of what happens at Monoprice is essentially detective work - seeing an object and saying could we make money off of that?
And this can take months or even years. And as it happens, the story of this fancy monitor that Chris just turned on is actually a really good example of the kind of detective work these guys go through to figure this stuff out.
That story of the monitor, it starts about four years ago when Chris was walking through a Best Buy. He goes there sometimes to check out the competition, and also, he needed some random thing that Monoprice didn't carry. So I was walking by and the images of honey bees buzzing around on the screen caught my eye.
Chris was way off to the side of the monitor, he wasn't looking straight at it. He was maybe ten feet away. But even so, he says, it blew his mind. It was better than any monitor he had ever seen. I could see the pollen on their abdomen and I could see every fluttering detail as the wings flapped. And what did you think or feel when you saw it?
I've got to have it. The monitor was, of course, made by Apple - a Cinema Display. Chris, in his own words, is a PC fanboy. So what he really wants is a monitor like this one he's staring at in Best Buy - but one that's cheaper and one that's made for a PC. For Chris, a monitor like this would be - and I'm quoting him here - a white unicorn. It was something I dreamed of. It was not available on the market. It was something I so wanted to give to my friends, you know, my customers and myself but had no way of getting it.
That really was my like mythical creature. Standing there staring at this thing in Best Buy, Chris starts to think, why is this so expensive? Now it could just be the Apple brand. People are willing to pay a lot of extra money for that logo, or it could be that only Apple is able to manufacture this monitor. Perhaps they were the first ones to go to some factory in Asia and say this is exactly what we want. In other words, maybe it's so expensive because there's no competition.
Chris knows he's not going to be able to get some other factory to start making a knockoff. It's just too time-consuming and too expensive for Monoprice to do that. But Chris also knows that when a hot new gadget comes out, there's usually some guy with the right connections at the factory who can get you the online equivalent of a back alley deal.
My thought process was there's no way - no way in hell that You can say hell, go with it. Teeth chattering, Usopp complains about the temperature of the water.
The centaurs prepare to fire the finishing blow and Zoro hands Luffy over to Usopp, saying that he is going to slice them up. Before he can unsheathe his sword, he is dragged into the water, his hands flailing above. Usopp panics and looks on in confusion before dunking his head into the water, discovering that there are sharks swimming around them. He questions why there are sharks in a lake and Brownbeard explains that due to the fight between the two Admiralsa crater is left behind.
Seawater seeps in through the cracks, as did various sea creatures, which created the lake. The Straw Hats are trapped and the centaurs fires. However, the guns exploded and they fall. The interference is revealed to be caused by Brookwho froze the gun barrels belonging to the centaurs. However, Brownbeard saw that the sharks are defeated.
Instead, the four Straw Hats are on top of an iceberg, shivering from the cold. Robin says that they are lucky to run into the centaurs and they each pick their targets, wanting to steal their warm clothes. Robin and Luffy use their power to catch their target and Zoro fights a group of them. Brook comments that they are in better shape than he thought. In front of the laboratory, Trafalgar Law says that he cannot let the Straw Hats escape and uses his powers to switch the four Straw Hats around.
Their minds along with their voice are swapped into another body, causing a lot of confusion. Law slices up the warship and an iceberg.