duckdog, I know a guide that claims that he spent 5k on a FINISHED dog. I hope not because it is not finished in my mind. Good at several things, but great at none. Just isn't solid on things. In the dogs defence, I have not hunted with it, just seen some handling in the field briefly. So I may be quick to judge.
I'm not sure what you are getting with a started dog. Just o.b. through force fetch. Who knows how far along they are.
.....you've got to ask yourself a question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?
Die' en ain't much of a livin' son.