Yeah, the Splinter manufactured in China is supposed to be under $100 (without the mod), but even the US version is on the low side of the price scale for higher quality vaporizers. There are a few great bargains out there, and a lot of cheap stuff that’s not necessarily a bargain, but most of the best stuff is in the $200-600 range with a few being even more expensive. I started out a little cheaper too, and the Fierce or Crafty wouldn’t be a bad place to start, but I’d look at them as a good place to start rather than the ultimate goal for someone who cares enough to research this stuff. If you could handle unregulated convection like the Li’l Bud mentioned above, the Milaana, the MVT, etc. and you could wait for it, I’d recommend getting on the waiting list for the Nomad which starts at $300 but is still a great deal considering the craftsmanship and artistry that goes into each one. If you want a desktop at some point, the FlowerPot is a great option. In fact, I’m off to use it now!