After trying to save money in every area possible, I bought a Windsor Tourist (Fuji Touring) bike for $560. Awesome deal. I love the bike and was proud that I didn't waste more money than I had.
At first I thought I would be pulling a trailer. But after getting a touring bike I decided against it. After all, the damn bike is built for touring, so why pull a trailer? Right?
And then I actually priced racks/panniers today. I almost had a heart attack. I thought a $350 bike trailer was insane.... until I priced some Lone Peak Panniers (set) / Tubus racks at $500+. That's what I paid for bike!
Someone tell me I am looking at the wrong places (LBS, eBay, TheTouringStore.com).