In a recent thread (http://www.vgchartz.com/forum/thread.php?id=53884&page=1), I mentioned how I overheard a teenager say how he was going to buy a new 360 to replace his RROD rather than sending it in. I assumed this kid was just an idiot and asked people to reassure me he was, but I was completely FLOORED by how many people replied to this thread that buying a new console was no big deal and they had either done it themselves, would do it themselves or know someone who has done just such a thing. This thread is a request to VGChartz staff and data gathering people. If possible, can we do some sort of poll/study about how many 360 consoles are redundant sales to someone replacing a defective system? In other words, despite how many systems your site has tracked being sold, how many have been to UNIQUE users? If this phenomenon doesn't exist and is just BS from people yanking my chain, I'd be interested to know that as well. If it is true, even to a small extent, I don't want to hear any 360 owners complain about the price of a PS3 if they are willing to shell out twice (or more) for the 360.
With the new Jasper editions of the 360 it doesn't seem to matter anymore. It's more reliable. If older models RROD, then they can take the hard drive and buy a $200 Arcade. Of course I have 3 year in store warranty, so I don't bother going through shit with Microsoft. If my 360 RROD's on me I can replace it the same day.