I'm a newbie here and have no idea about this thing that a lot of people do but a small set of people are passionate about. I saw a good deal on this thing at a major retailer and want to get everyone's opinion about it. I like to buy quality things, but I don't want to spend a lot of money. I'll be using it in many unspecific ways and want it to be able to handle anything I throw at it.
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Spend the same amount on craigslist for a brand name of more reputable quality. Bring a friend who knows what they are looking at because you don't. Heck, I bought a platinum-coated thing the other day for $20 that is easily worth $3000 new.