Is it too much to ask accessory manufacturers to put the length of the cord on the box? Is this too complicated or something?
My wife is slowly coming to grips with our digital camera. She knows how to attach it to the computer, but she doesn’t like that you have to crawl under the desk to connect the cord. To alleviate this, I bought a 4-port USB hub to sit on the desk. I found one for $10. I was thrilled, until I found out that the cord was 18 inches long.
Now, I know that some people have USB ports on their keyboard, so it would be great for them. But I don’t have any such ports, so it would have been helpful for me to know that the cord was roughly the length of the fuse on a firecracker. The cord is all bundled up in the box, and hidden behind the cardboard, so there’s no way to know.
Power strips too — put the length of the cord on the friggin’ box. It’s fairly important in a lot of cases to know just how far that power strip is going to reach, and there’s a wide range. I’ve seen strips anywhere from 3- to 6-feet. I’ve never seen the length of the cord on the box, so it’s a huge crapshoot.
I wonder if they don’t so this because the number of sales they’d gain is outweighed by the number they’d lose because cords are generally too short. Does having an extra long cord on an accessory provide any benefit for the manufactuer, or is it in their best interest to make them as short as possible, and just hide this fact so you don’t find out about it until you get home?