@umbra21 - I get that a lot of people have spent too much money on equipment and then quit after a few days, but unless you get ridiculous a jump rope isn't going to be all that expensive.
And it's an easy thing to pull out and use again, at any age. I'd say jump rope fitness is one of the best ways to take your workout with you when you travel as well.
So I wouldn't worry about someone shelling out a little bit extra to get a jump rope that they know will last them a while. In fact, spending a little bit more on a jump rope might give them the encouragement they need to keep going and master more advanced techniques.