I'm glad I stumbled on to this thread! I too am just beginning to think about getting into reloading and was going to ask about RCBS equipment. In the most recent email from Widener's they have an RCBS tumbler on sale for 69 bucks and I was wondering if that was a good price/good piece of equipment (I'm planning on accumulating stuff gradually).
This is the tumbler... Is $69 a good price?
Widener's Reloading and Shooting Supply INC
I saw a Lyman of similar capacity at Bradis for $64, and of course there would be no shipping if I got it there.
For the press, I was considering the Lee Value (Deluxe?) Turret Press Kit. I looked at one at the 1500 and it seems to be a decent starter kit from the standpoint of having several basic items in the kit. ET Brass (out of Ohio I think) had them for $115 at the show. List is $170 I believe. Opinions welcome on this as well, keeping in mind that while I don't want to buy crappy stuff, but I also don't want top of the line (from a budget standpoint) just starting out.
Hope I didn't the OP's thread too badly! At some point I will have the new vs. used decision(s) to make too I'm sure. Sounds like going with Dillon is a safe bet for used equipment.