I paid like $600 for mine.
it sat for almost 2 years (it simply didn't snow, talk about frustrating)
finally last March we got a couple good storms.
started first pull (2 year old gas, mind you, man I love Hondas)
I have an older 2 stage Honda (early 90's) that still runs great.
It would have started on the first pull today after sitting all summer.
If I had remembered to turn the gas on.
after that it started right up.