Full metal King Arms M4 is under $250 in Canada. It's not crap, and a great starter. Most airsoft is modern warfare style, but if you're into Vietnam, WWII, etc, check your local scene.
When someone says "cheap" in airsoft, they are talking about crap that will break, jam, tear, fade, rip, crack, etc. If it doesn't shoot straight, you won't have fun, if it constantly breaks or causes issue, you won't have fun. If you have continually replace it, you'll think "$&@%! I should've bought at least a quality product, because now I've spent more". Low end but quality airsoft gun depending on brand and model is $250 - $500, expensive is & $1,500 - $3,000. That's before you add appropriate batteries, a charger, magazines, upgrades, and BBs that won't jam and/or ruin your gun. Then you can add gear to the budget.
ďREALITY IS LIKE A STONE. TO MANY ITíS HARD AND COLD, THEY CANíT HUG IT OR EAT IT, IT ONLY FRUSTERATES THEM AND DOESNíT DO THEM MUCH GOOD. TO OTHERS ITíS STRONG AND DEPENDABLE, YOU CAN BUILD WITH IT, BUILD UPON IT, OR WORK WITH IT, ALSO USE IT TO SMASH PEOPLE IN THE FACE.Ē