Very true - replaced my transport recently as my laser was failing. Cost £95 incl import taxes and was shipped from Taiwan in 3 days. I would expect a successful burn to at least work on first insertion, unless the disc it's replacing is original and you've no experience of using copied media. If it takes a long time to read it on first use then it's almost certainly a laser issue. Mine had to be properly knackered before I got the software update only message - disc read errors after a short time of use was more common.