We know you're not being a snob LOL. Of course, in Epeen Wars people who have the most money and time will usually prevail.
Yeah $30 is way too 'cheap' for any Nerf Hobby. I still stand by the $50 start up and also 'modding' their guns before hand (except for the NF, that way they can have a taste of modification). Some people don't have the 'time' to mod, blah blah blah.
$100 Upfront seems a bit too much. Yes there are many other hobbies that are more expensive than Nerf, and many of those Hobbies don't let you get outside and run around for some fitness, shooting each other for fun, etc etc.
I was thinking of like start up packs like...
Triple Shot (quadshot) + NF = $50
(Pros - Good ranges of 60ft or so, Pump action and provides a very decent springer back up weapon)
(Cons - Low magazine capacity)
FuryFire (AR removal, that's it) + Secret Strike (yes secret strike LOL) = $50
(Pros - high mag capacity of 10, pump action and still offers a 'back-up' weapon)
(Cons - 'back-up' weapon is somewhat crap since you have to pump each time you shoot, the FuryFire with AR removal only offers 50ft or so)
Magstrike + Mav = $50
(Pros - Automatic capabilities with 10 shots to boot, 50ft ranges of fully auto and a springer repeater pistol that has 6 shots to defend yourself)
(Cons - Run out of shots, you're goneee, and maverick has low range)
BBMM (singled) + Mav OR NF + SSPB = $50
(Pros - 100ft ranges and is cheap, two back ups)
(Cons - pump ups and low ranges for pistol related weapons)
I dunno there could be more. Winterstrike, you may still think I'm deluded. But these guns are you could say "Noob" proof and balance each other out very well. These guns are ridiculously easy to use. For example, as phuonguyen mentioned before a Recon might be cool and all but remove the AR, plunger dies and then clips are rare in Australia and if found are usually expensive.
But I'd like to keep the Nerf hobby of a max threshold of $100, like you said WinterStrike. But there's gotta limits when people first start off. My cousin has reach the threshold and has gotten most the guns to keep him alive.
RF20 - $40 (a few months before sales were on)
NF - $13 (his first gun)
Mav - $15
Quadshot - $35
Total = $98
He's pretty much got all he needs for Nerf now. But that's just an example.