Like anything else, it depends on what you do. If you are making large furniture, or working with a lot of sheet goods, a table saw is worth its weight. If you are making small things, you might be able to get by with a Miter Saw or RAS, bandsaw, and other tools.
I love my saw. It's my 3rd tablesaw, learning what I wanted from each of it's predecessors along the way. Right now I am working with my younger brother to find a saw for him, balancing features and budget. Hopefully something will come along soon. The worst thing would be him to buy a 'cheap' saw, and hate it. He might be able to get by with a RAS, but he has a lot of thin ripping jobs to do and he doesn't think he'll feel comfortable with that.