Before I get on to my problem, I'm wondering what not just consumers feel about these things, but also what manufacturers feel about them. Are they built to last, or do you consider them disposable? Do the costs justify that definition for you etc. Maybe its just my luck of the draw, but out of 3 players I've owned in a little over that many years, only one works now. Of the three (one's a Panasonic, second was a Sony, the third an Audiovox), I liked my Pansonic more and was the longest lasting so far. I looked into where I could send my Panasonic to get it fixed but my only area of concern is whether its 1. Worth it (given how cheap players are getting), and 2. If they'll even find the problem/troubleshoot it properly. So I guess another question would be: Have you ever had to ship something out to be fixed and sent back and what was your experience?