Love my Canon. Paid too much. Get new one with warranty and easy replacement policy. When you buy locally, you can return without cost if it is DOA. Depends on your comfort level. Sometimes Big Lots and CostCo have cheap (good and cheap) scanners for $50.00. Careful, some close-out scanners are not XP compatible - if you have current OS.
I had a real nice Visioneer but when changed to XP found that mfr did not support driver upgrade to XP. Wanted to sell new scanners, not spend money on tech support. Can't blame them.
lotsa scanner deals! 4 cheap!
scanners from $44.00
Nextag.com, pricegrabber.com, pricewatch.com, mysimon.com, tigerdirect.com, amazon.com, newegg.com,...and a jillion more price comparison sites.
google search for scanners and you'll find top shelf online sellers and you can price compare, fast! Locally at bestbuy, circuitcity, staples, office depot yadayadayada
I bought my Canon on E-bay without enough research, was in a hurry as job was ON DEADLINE! Used BUY NOW feature, paid with PayPal, arrived 2 days! Wonderful shock and awe! Here's the I am dumb - funny. It came from Amazon.com. This guy, found an underpriced scanner on Amazon.com, posted it on E-bay, marked it up $20.00 for BUY NOW, paid Amazon.com with his CC, drop shipped to me. Now I know how people make money on E-Bay.