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Newbie question - should I buy my FIRST machine online or from a local distributor?
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RE: Newbie question - should I buy my FIRST machine online or from a local distributor?
(04-25-2016 12:18 PM)kowlooner Wrote:  As for machine longevity, I guess it’s a bit of a crap shoot. Does that sound about right Mongo? Hopefully whatever I get lasts a long time. Or a really short time if I turn out to hate it. It looks like they really make their money on the refills. The old Gillette model with replacing filters, cushions etc on a fairly frequent basis.

A good article on failure rates. Early and End of life.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathtub_curve

I like your last sentence. I heard it phrased as: "They give away the razors because the money is in the blades." I'm not sure that applies to CPAPs as there are many generic filters and hoses.

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Mongo

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04-25-2016 12:37 PM
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Post: #12
RE: Newbie question - should I buy my FIRST machine online or from a local distributor?
Mongo, interesting chart. Never seen that before. Makes sense though. Thanks for the input and feedback!
04-26-2016 10:53 PM
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