total cost of ownership (TCO)

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1. General: Estimate of all direct and indirect costs associated with an asset or acquisition over its entire life cycle.
2. Computer systems: Total of direct capital investment in hardware and software plus indirect costs of installation, training, repairs, downtime, technical support, and upgrading. Also called cost of ownership or ownership cost.

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It is important that you are aware what the total cost of ownership will be when you are making a major purchase.
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We had to determine the total cost of ownership of it because it was important information that we needed to know.
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You need to understand what the total cost of ownership will be any time you are thinking of making a major purchase.
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