Supporting the 'real' Arduino company is worth a few extra bucks I would think.
I was actually thinking of that myself, Lefty, and I totally agree. I guess I was lucky enough to get a fully functional clone. I also find it really cool that you can be a part of this awesome development community without being forced into buying ONE, "allpowerful" hardware. It would help, too if vendors realized its OK to not be totally original. Some people, like myself, a teenager with limited funds, would appreciate a dedicated source for "budget hardware."
BTW: sorry for the re-emergence of an old topic, guess I shoulda' looked