Lesson number 1: Never go to a main stream computer store for a cable. If you can find one go to your local "mom and pop computer shop" you should be able to find a cable for less. I would definatly have to say that it isnt worth the trouble to make a parrallel cable. I use a 10' printer cable, and it works just fine. If you cant find a local store, you can just find it for $2 on www.pricewatch.com of course you will still bay $8 for shipping, but that is still less than the $25 at best buy.