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Artificial Christmas trees are reported to last 10 to 20 years or more, depending on the quality of care that is taken for the tree through Christmas and when stored. Any of the artificial Christmas trees purchased now may last just as long.
The prelit artificial Christmas trees may last a few years, but the prelit part of the tree may malfunction, depending on the quality. If one bulb goes out, all the others may go out too, making it nearly impossible to find the bulb to replace.
A real Christmas tree may cost $20 to $40. Artificial Christmas trees have come down in price, averaging $60 to $70 for most trees.