Budget $500 and you should be able to get a decent gun when you turn 18. You won't get a gun for $200. Where the prices have dropped is in the realm of JG and other Chinese clones. The same Chinese gun A&A used to sell for almost $500, you can usually get for about $100-150 less now. Big brand names like TM and CA still sell for the same high $600+ prices they did before. Prices have not changed in any significant manner there.