In response to the price range at Bonsai West, a lot of their material they post online is a bit more expensive. They do have lots of affordable material. If you're within driving distance, I think it's worth a trip. They offer great courses too. Michael, the owner, has a lot of knowledge and is always happy to help. I definitely don't spend a lot on my trees and I've gotten all of mine through Bonsai West. I think the most was $125, but most of them were between $20-50. I myself have only been doing bonsai for 7 years, so I've been working with less expensive material to get practice.