I never considered sending my laptop away for repair if I had to pay for it, I probably wouldn't have done it if they paid for it, but I almost bought a USB wireless thingamajig for R550. I didn't because I thought I'd try the shop in N1 City after school on Monday.
My wireless is working fine now...
I went to some trouble to get good info on what the problem was. I went to three different places, made it clear that I wanted it repaired
on site and that I just wanted a quote. They all said it needed to be sent away. If you're going to abandon yourself to the obesity and greasiness of tech geekdom you should do better at tech geek stuff, IMHO.
Added: It stopped working. I humbly apologise to tech geeks everywhere.