Use eBay selling instead of renting
The economics of trading are fascinating. The fluidity of eBay as a marketplace means stuff often moves quickly and at a reasonable price. This has a bizarre effect on some purchases.
Imagine that you’re intending to keep something for a limited time e.g. your flat needs a small TV for a few months or you want a computer game for three weeks. In the past, renting was cheaper than buying. Yet with eBay, buying it in, using it, ensuring it stays in good nick, then flogging it can actually undercut renting.