The last post Artificial Christmas Trees, opened the proceedings with a nice introduction as to what this site is about. Now we’ll have a look at the benefits of buying artificial Christmas trees.
The main benefits of buying artificial Christmas trees are of course in cost effectiveness due to the longevity of these over the more traditional “real” trees that have to be bought annually shortly before Christmas and transported to your home. The costs of buying a real tree then are a combination of its initial purchase price, the transportation costs getting it home and of course the transportation costs getting rid of it after the festive season. These costs are incurred each year, so mount up over time.
The great benefits of buying is that you only have to do this once. While the initial purchase price is much higher than that of a real tree, this is quickly offset by the fact that you only have to transport it home the once and you don’t have to pay to get rid of it each year as with a real tree. You keep it and reuse it year after year until it eventually wears out and you buy a new one.
Of we take these costs into consideration, you will soon see that it is by far the more economically sound decision to purchase artificial Christmas trees over real trees.
We’ll take a ball-park figure here and work with the fact that an artificial Christmas tree usually costs on average roughly six times the price of a real tree. Then if we make it easy and say a real tree costs $20, a comparable artificial tree will cost $120.
Initial transport costs: Lets be generous and say $5 in gas plus another $5 in time, hassle and manpower.
Transport costs to dispose of the tree after Christmas will be roughly the same.
So that makes out real tree cost $30 per year, not taking into account price rises and inflation in general, to keep it simple.
With your artificial Christmas tree, your initial transportation costs will be the same, say $10 in all making a total cost of $130. There are no fist year disposal costs, but if we assume a lifetime of 6 years (they will usually last much longer) then we can add another $10 for disposal bringing the total cost to $140.
In six years of buying real trees, your total cost using the above example will be $180, meaning you make a saving of $40 over the shorter lifetime of the artificial Christmas tree. Not bad!
Come back soon when we’ll have some more great tips and tricks and information regarding the festive decoration that adorns most homes at this special time of year!