We've got a bias for buying tech and we don't even know where it came from. We rent DVDs all of the time. We'll rent party supplies if we're throwing a blow-out bash. We've even rented clothes and bags! So we can't figure out why we always consider technology to be a must-buy. Do you ever rent home tech?
We know we're not the only ones who've had to grab a carpet cleaner after a crazy party. And it's commonplace to rent your cable box or modem from your cable company (though if you want to save money, you shouldn't).
Somehow renting other tech; like TVs, stereo systems and air conditioners; is much less common. But it could be a smart idea depending on the scenario:
- Want to host an outdoor party for the Fourth of July? Why not rent a projector and show an outdoor movie?
- If you're feeling inclined to upgrade your TV before you throw a Super Bowl party, rent one instead.
- If you're living in a city where a no-A/C household is the norm, you might still encounter some intense heat waves this summer. Stalk weather.com and rent a standing or window air conditioner unit when it's going to get hot.
So where can you rent tech? You can hit up Google to find local rental places, or go nationwide with a general-rental company like Rent-A-Center.
But if any of the scenarios above sound like a sound clip from your life, here are three more specialized rental sources:
- Projector 123 is happy to provide projector rentals for personal use with rates starting at under $100/day.
- Meeting Tomorrow specializes in renting out audio-visual equipment all over the US, including plasma & LCD TVs and projector setups.
- Atlas Sales and Rentals, Inc. are the portable cooling and heating pros, with locations nationwide.