Yeah, stuff is way more affordable now it seems. Especially with the batteries. When LiPos started taking off, unless you wanted to pay an arm and a leg, it was easiest to just order the LiPos from Chinese sellers...but the quality could be iffy at times. Now a name brand, good performing LiPo runs like $50 - $60. I snagged up a Spektrum smart Lipo (2S 5000mah 50C) and a 50W smart balancing charger for under $100. Back in the day, no way that was possible.It's amazing how much less expensive RC is now. I had $2500+ into my cars and equipment, including my Airtronics M8 radio with Novak frequency module. My battery cycler/matcher/charger was $900 alone, but I could charge 4 packs at a time.
It was nice having memory for all my cars and trucks and being able to use one radio.