If I were living at home in the US, I would do that no question. However, I'm an expat living in China and do not know how long I will be here. Could be 1 more year, could be 5 more years, could be 6 months. I can't start buying dark room equipment in such an environment.
Why not get the camera, shoot the film and store it up for the next 1 to 5 years. Then sometime in the future you can process and print as required.