Re: "...if the £1,000 price tag the Currys chap quoted is to be believed..."
4 years ago their HDMIs were £95 when I bought my TV. I tried to explain to the kid salesman that it's all digital, so the signal doesn't degrade, it either makes the connection or it doesn't, but that means they can't do their job of pushing cables! Gold plate my ass!
I got one for 32p on Amazon (true). And no, it's not a loose fit!