Airsoft Advantage has the lowest prices of most US based retailers and is pretty damn reliable. They will usually do a price match if you show them a US based retailer that sells the same thing for cheaper, they wont match sales or clearance prices from other places though. Check em out.
Spanx for the links. hehe, I dunno which one ta try now...Maybe that 2nd one.
Anyways, what's a good starter for an AEG-er? I'm totally new to this, I wanted an MP5K, or maybe a SIG 552
Tokyo Marui is probably the best choice. The M16/M4, MP5, AK47, and AUG are generally good choices for a starter gun as there are plenty of people who own them and as such plenty of support if something goes wrong, not to mention things like magazines and accessories are plentiful for them.
The Classic Army M15A4 series is also a decent choice for a starter gun, however there's still some doubt as to the reliability of Classic Army compared to Tokyo Marui (plus CA guns are more expensive, as they're full-metal).
Classic Army guns are garbage. Everyone I know who has bought one had it break within a year.
bull****, the new CA m15 series are the best armalites around, they have systema quality internals metal bodies and are much cheaper than if you put all that in a TM gun, i'd say choose a gun you like the look of basically, because they are all the same inside (except for CA they already have upgraded internals) so go for a classic army if your getting an armalite, anything else it has to be tokyo marui
While the new CA Armalites are better than the previous ones, there still have been several complaints - more than you see from TM models and there are probably 10x the number of TM owners out there. They definitely offer a lot (metal body, upgraded internals, etc.), but for a first AEG, I would still recommend a stock TM. If you never open the gear box (for upgrading), they are hands down the most reliable AEG on the market. For a second AEG, the CA's give you a lot if you have the knowledge to work on it in the case that it does have a problem.
The TM M4A1/M16A2/M4RIS/SR16/M733 offer the most number of accessories, proven reliability and the best chance of borrowing a mag in a firefight. The AK's offer nearly the same level of each. Most other series trail these on at least one of these levels (though, they may surpass them on looks, feel or other personal preference issues). So, for a first AEG, I would suggest either the TM M16 family (not M16A1, M16VN or XM-177E2 as they are older designs) or AK family in stock form with plenty of batteries. Play with it a while, sell it off to a friend that you've brought into the game and then make an educated decision on which AEG is best for you.
I'd go for a Tokyo Marui AK all the way. Go for the full stock version with the big battery. The AK is one of TM's most durable designs. Do not go with a TM Armalite series. They get loose very fast and get wobbly barrels. If you are partial to Armalites, I agree with the suggestion above and to go with CA. I have a CA M15A4 and it shoots hard and is durable as hell.
Also for durability, the TM G36C is excellent but more expensive.
A few websites overseas have good prices, better than in the states.