Blu-ray players are notoriously unreliable. Check the user reviews for just about any model and you'll see any number of "died after a week!" and "died after two months!" comments. It's the unfortunate nature of the beast, I guess.
So call me
maybe crazy, but why not keep a spare on hand just in case your primary player croaks -- which will invariably happen just as you and the kids are sitting down to watch "The Avengers." That way, boom, you just swap in the backup and dry everyone's tears.
And who's going to balk at a $30 backup? While supplies last, TigerDirect has the refurbished Toshiba BDX2150 Blu-ray player for $29.97 shipped. That's after applying coupon code GLB70408 at checkout and redeeming a $5 mail-in rebate (PDF).
Even without the rebate, $34.97 is a pretty amazing price on a Blu-ray player that can stream Netflix, Pandora, VUDU, and YouTube. The BDX2150 also does the usual Blu-ray stuff like DVD upconversion and BD-Live 2.0.
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