We got lucky and had a friend lend us their baby swing. It as great for a couple of nights here and there when he was congested, but for the most part it just sat in our living room and took up space. As I said before, I do however know many people so say this was and essential parents survival tool.
If we were to need to buy a swing, knowing what I know now, I would get a travel swing. We have a small house and a full size swing along with all of the other baby stuff made for a very cluttered house. The full size swing was also very hard to transport, so I think a travel swing could "kill two birds with one stone".
Was your swing essential to you, or just in the way? Did you use a travel swing full time and did it work well? Did you get a good deal on your swing?