My much cheaper Aiptek tablet hasn't failed me once in three years and if it ever does, I'll just buy another Aiptek. I can buy two more of those, before I'll have paid as much as I would have for a single comparable Wacom tablet. mrgreen
I have a Bamboo Pen & Touch that I got a bit over year ago, and I when it finally dies* I think I'm just going to get the exact same model. I like the little guy. Sure, it's not big or fancy or expensive, but it works perfectly fine for me. It's a small size but that's ideal, I can't move my hand around in huge areas while drawing or I tire and ache too quickly.
*It should've lasted longer but I've been stupid and the cord has been exposed to the burning hot underside of my laptop, thus it malfunctions a lot. I feel guilty. Also for awhile when I first got it (it was/is my first tablet) I was lazy and picked it up by the cord. I want to go back in time and punch myself for that.