I also could not get past the $$$ activation fee - it kept me from upgrading from my Panny 2000 - which I love. The only thing that pushed me to buy was the increase in activation come June. So just today, on a whim I purchased a shelf model 5040 from CC - less than two hours ago - I bought the $55 / 3 year warranty, which I usually skip - but the recent threads regarding returning a broken item to the store 3 years later and getting a new model was a pretty good incentive. The kid at the store recommended it for that reason and even suggested not buying the lifetime activation - since CC won't refund that - that topic was also another recent thread.
I stopped into work for a few hours after my shopping spree - I spent a lot of money today (I also picked up the $59 WD 120 gig HD 8 meg cache from Omax and a bunch of other rebate intensive purchases - including the Cendyne DVD+RW burner). Anyway, I just stopped by the forum and found this - I am so excited. What a great surprise. Now on my way home from work, I'm returning the CC purchase. My only dilemma is . . . am I going to kick myself if I don't buy two. When I bought my Panny, way back when, it was on sale for $200.00 and had a rebate and I kick myself everyday for not buying the second shelf model. I have no idea what I was thinking. You can barely buy a used one on ebay for that price.
Question: Does anyone know if Replay offers any kind of extended warranty? I'd happily pay for that security.