I *am* scouring ebay, but not finding much of anything I like. This makes me sad -- a few months ago I was messing around on ebay and found a dude who was selling a whole bunch of mixes -- I think it was 1st mix, 2nd, 2nd append v1 and v2, 3rd and 4th -- all for $99. Not $99 each, $99 total. It stayed up there for a few months, but now as soon as I have money it's gone. :(
I ordered a Cobalt Flux yesterday. I feel so extravagant. But it's going to be such a step up from my $20 pads (although one of them has been working faithfully for two years now, believe it or not... I would totally recommend Intec brand if you're looking for a decent cheap-o soft pad).