Everyone's going to tell you to get Age Verified, so i might as well be the first to say it. Once you get AV'd you can get the classifieds and then get a little more with the gun (ie battery etc) and a little more reasonably priced as well.
As for not wanting to fork out 400 bones, well, the long and short of it is, assuming you've kinda picked your way through the forums, is you get what you pay for. you wanna buy a $179 gun? you get $179 quality. Same is said for more expensive guns generally, if I understand all this correctly.