Yeah, I'm fired up over this entire "no replacement cable" problem Facebook has come up with. Everyone knows they're more than capable of making profit off of continuing to produce the cable required to run the rift, but are choosing not to in order to push us into buying a their newer HMD which isn't even an upgrade and is still full of problems. Apple employs this scandalous, disrespectful and greedy tactic constantly with their products, and now Facebook is following suit, trying to make more profit off of forcing us previous customers to buy their new HMD's instead of replacement cables if we want to continue to use Oculus VR.
If I knew that they were going to discontinue production of the cables so early on, I would never have invested in Oculus tech. This decision is a slap in the face to all that have invested in Oculus and will be a reoccurring issue with all future HMD's produced from this company. This is not a tech company you can trust. The $400 HMD you purchase here is not actually saving money if you have to replace the whole system every two to four years. For my cousin, it would be less time before his next HMD purchase because he just bought the rift a few months ago and his cable is already wearing out (would, because he's not buying from Oculus again for this reason).
I've had to replace my cable three times in two years, primarily because the cord no longer works properly after a power outage, which is common where I live. So, when the next random power outage happens, I'll no longer have access to the expensive VR hardware and software purchased primarily from Oculus, simply because a cord no longer works and there's no replacement. At this point, it feels like I'm temporarily renting access to VR rather than an owner.
In conclusion, if you're interested in a VR HMD, do not buy from Oculus. Don't ever buy from Oculus. Save up for tech that'll stretch your dollar into long-term use.