I would buy a used tripod. Lots of good ones around and they do not wear out. Not unusual for someone to buy a carbon fiber tripod to replace an aluminum one. For that matter a good Bogen-Manfrotto tripod can be purchase new with a head for under $100. But I would look for a used one and keep it out of the scrap yard. I give my old tripods away as I am happy to know that they will be used once again after sitting in my closet.