I understand how to photo-etch, carve using cnc engraver and was trained on the old-school style of rubbing-off the stickers (which is probably unheard of now). So what I do for my projects is use these proto-boards with the pre-drilled holes and route & weave wire connections based on a eagle drawing I make, or somethings just wing it (since designing in Eagle feels like a video game and I generally take forever trying different placements).
So today I read about ordering pcb's, I think the one place charged like $10 for 10 boards and no setup fee, but I didn't click into it to discover all the surprise fee's. So I was wondering if anyone can tell me generally speaking, if I order a small board about size of a playing card maybe - what the costs involve, how long does it take, and any other input. I am trying to weigh the budget of buying something nice and solid vs wrestling with all this myself. If $10 for 10 boards is true, + a reasonable shipping cost then it's just not worth it for me, except when I factor in mistakes or errors on my behalf.