A long time ago in a galaxy far away.. Looking back at my younger days of IT, I had plenty of time and disposable income. I spent plenty of all-nighters installing and breaking linux distros and various other toys, and when it did break, it took many hours of troubleshooting or eventually re-installing and re-configuring again. (backups? pfft).
As I get older, I find myself paying extra for better quality products that save me time and make my life easier.