I'm a podcaster. (shocking!!) I wanted to make a telephone microphone to use on the podcast so I could simulate people calling into the show. I didn't want to shell out a bunch of cash to Guitar Center or Musician's Friend for a cable I was going to cut. So, I looked up XLR cables on Amazon and, BANGO!!, there they were in all of their $7.19 glory. I picked up two and for less than $15 I was good to go .
The cable was sheathed well enough that stripping it was kind of a pain, but, i did manage to get it stripped without damaging it. I soldered everything together and the new telephone mic worked great. I've used it on both new episodes of the show and it has that old school telephone sound to it.
I would suggest these cables for anyone doing minor to moderate audio recording or live sound. Six feet is really not enough length to do some serious work. I will say that these cables, despite the price, all just as good as a cable you would get from a retailer.