Cost savings outweighed by hassle of change?
August 20, 2012 9:53 AM Subscribe
Do you find that the hassle of changing vendors sometimes outweighs the savings you would receive from changing?
posted by John Borrowman to work & money (12 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My phone (land line) and Internet (DSL) come from AT&T. TV comes from DISH. AT&T has been pummeling me with advertising for U-Verse, so I put together a spreadsheet to compare costs.
Apples-to-apples, I will save $30/month BUT ONLY FOR 24 MONTHS. At that point, I will pay more than I'm paying now.
If I change, I have to schedule a technician to come to my home and run additional cabling (for the U-Verse). I have to unplug and re-plug video/audio cabling which is difficult to access, anyway. I have to receive (and find something else to do with) a new modem they're going to send which I don't want, or expect to need. (Never mind the early termination penalty I'm likely to owe to DISH.)
There was a time when I probably would have seen all this as no big deal. But, I'm getting old and crotchety and don't feel like changing.
This is not a question about "should I?" or "shouldn't I?", but rather have you noticed a similar shift in your view over time? Is there a savings amount that will goad you to action, even though you may not feel like it? Is there something you tell yourself to salve any pangs of conscience about not jumping at the chance to save money?