Posted 14 December 2010 - 09:19 PM
My general rule of thumb is to buy equipment if the company is charging you a rental fee. I have an original DirectTV Satellite tuner in my closet we bought back in 1998, still works just had to upgrade to get local channels, now we pay $5-$10 rental fees for the new box since they quit selling them outright. I have a Cable Modem sitting in storage from 5 years ago, still works just moved out of the city.
If each piece of equipment lasts more than 12 months the purchase has paid for itself in saved fees (Sat. box was $100 it lasted 10 years before we upgraded at $5 a month thats a savings of $600, the Cable modem was $80 and I used it for 24 months roughly I saved $40 in rental fees, assuming $5/mo fee like the new Sat. box). Add a 2 year warranty to the item and you can almost guarantee a positive return.