Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2013 5:56 AM (in response to MrMeansMTA)
I bought some replacement cables on eBay. You could buy in bulk quantities. Much, much cheaper than Apple's cables.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2013 6:16 AM (in response to Texas Mac Man)
When buying in bulk, especially from abroad, do not forget to figure customs and import taxes into the price calculations. Chinese companies quite reasonably do not include those charges when quoting prices.
However, please do tell Apple (or your Apple salesperson) about the problem. A sample size of 1,200 is big enough to let them know that those cables are genuinely not doing the job that they were sold to do. This is valuable information for any manufacturer and should change its source or production methods to help it improve the product.
Also it means that Apple should give you free replacements right away. Albeit replacements which will probably have the same problems.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2013 6:19 AM (in response to Simon Slavin)
What would be the best way to let them know about the issue? Sales Rep? Call Apple Care Number? What would you suggest?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2013 6:21 AM (in response to MrMeansMTA)
Send feedback/suggestions to Apple.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2013 6:22 AM (in response to MrMeansMTA)
If you do not have a specific salesperson assigned to your organisation, just clal the Education Sales phone number (or email) and let them figure out who should handle your problem. I'm sure at some point you'll be asked to quote your order number or AppleCare number.
Actually, if you have AppleCare on those devices you should be supplied with replacement cables free of charge. At least, that's my guess.