I just started and bought a used PSE bow off a buddy of mine. It was already rigged up, had a new string, and the draw length fits me well. Paid $250, and although I didn't realize it at the time, it has a really nice trophy ridge sight on it, normally $100 new.
Honestly, its probably easier to go to a store like gander and try out a few, but I just hate dropping $300 on a bare bow if its not something you know you will like. I killed my first deer with it a few weeks ago (a doe) and I think I will be addicted for a while now, but still a pretty expensive pill to swallow.
How is it that a rifle made of steel and wood that can contain a small explosion that propels lead projectiles at thousands of feet per second and can potentially be lethal at 100's of yards costs less than some aluminum and a string that tosses carbon sticks with a maximum effective range of about 40 yds? I don't know, but its fun.
It's a fact that 70 percent of the people who purchase heavier tackle do so with the categorical I just lost a huge snook! Einstein Hairdo.The other 30 percent have either Tarpon Fever or are sporting a hand cramped into a claw from a deepwater grouper.