We all like free things. If we can’t get them free, we want them as close to free as they can get. That’s why it was a good thing when Amazon dropped the price of their Lightning-to-3.5mm dongle to $30, five bucks cheaper than the Belkin model. Sure, Amazon’s price went back up to $35, but for that short while, five bucks was five bucks. They need to start getting cheaper, and now it’s Google’s turn to realize it.

The Pixel 2 doesn’t have a headphone jack, which for must of us means dongle city. Consumers who purchase the Pixel 2 will get a USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter in the box, but you could always lose it, or purchase the phone used; there are plenty of reasons to have to buy one. A replacement used to cost $20, which is absurd. Google seemed to realize this and has since dropped the price to $9.

Dongle’s need to keep going down in price, considering how important they are right now. It’s already a bad look for a phone manufacturer to require consumers to purchase a dongle just to properly use their phone. A high price point just twists the knife.

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