They were a MUCH darker shade of blue... black, even you might say.
April 15, 2014
As usual, great customer service: black showed TOS, but an inquiry revealed enough in stock for my needs. Blue was thus ordered online and black available for will-call. Can't imagine buying cabling anywhere else. (Unless I can find a less snarky purveyor... maybe then. But probably not even then- that's half the fun.