I scan through the whole thread and have to say Locke is just asking a normal question. And members' answers are very valid, except the tone maybe a bit harsh.
The Canadian airsoft market is greatly distorted, so the price is unreasonably high for the real airsoft VS other part of the world. It is the fact and hope newbie will understand this from now on. Clearsoft or half clearsoft may be a good start but the real "black" airsoft from reputable brands will be the better ones that give the real joy when you go to games.
By the way, I just want to cry when someone look for a used GBB with a budget of $ 40 (include shipping) and keep bumping the "Wanted" thread every week. I find this is much worse than than Locke's question, as it's kind of insulting the wisdom of the other ASC members.