For generational buyers who don't run their hardware all the way to their death, the resell value is where the savings happen. It would be silly to throw out or store away equipment worth hundreds of dollars. The resell is the active and most important part of their savings strategy. My total out-of-pocket for my original Lifetimed Premiere was about $165 for the 3.5 years I had it, because I sold it shortly after the Roamios launched. That's less than $4/month. That's a steal compared to the would-be Premiere + subscription cost. Even if I give the non-lifetimed Premiere a generous resell value of $50, the cost would be around $15/mo for the same duration of time. It covered almost half the cost of my Lifetimed Plus, taking a good bit of the "bite" out of the steep upfront cost.