This is a reoccurring problem for us. We have a variety of things that use mini usb cables for charging and data link purposes. Cell phones, tablet, etc. Every single cable we have is defective. Those two little pins on the longer side seem to wear out first. No matter what brand, no matter how high-quality or cheap... it's all the same. It has always been kind of annoying, but lately it has gotten out of control. We recently ordered 6 high-quality name-brand cables. More than half of them were defective upon arrival. Does anyone else have this infuriating problem? I know we have grabby toddler hands all over our house, which could be contributing to the short lifespan of such products... but when they're defective immediately out of the packaging... that's telling us that it's not just our particular home dynamics contributing to this issue. Does anyone have a particular brand they recommend?