$200.00Cdn will buy a new frame!
I have a friend who worked for a frame builder in the USA, where 4130 frames were selling for about $1,000.00 a frame. He then started his own BMX frame company, where frames sold for about $250.00 which was still considered expensive in the bmx marketplace.
He went to the company he started with and showed them the work and their response was that they would charge about $1,500.00 for the work and technology that went into that bmx frame, which was significantly higher than the mountain bikes that they were producing.
I'm not sure where the difference in price exists, but it seems almost as if the mountain bike industry, because it is driven largely by older people, is willing to tolerate higher prices, when in fact, you may really be overpaying. In bmx, prior to Ti frames, the most expensive bmx freestyle frames ran about $350.00 and carried a lifetime, transferrable warranty. In the mountain bike world, that is still considered a pretty entry level price.
For $200.00Cdn, there are dozens of frames on eBay that would nearly be brand new, and probably a sale or two on frames at www.danscomp.com
that would give you something new for that money.