I guess I'm looking for some advice from the many veterans around here. Where is a good place to start? I'm not ready to go after any chase figures just yet, so I'd kind of like to start with the cheaper figures. What is the best bet for starting out, the classifieds here or eBay?
For older series, I'm not sure you'll find much around the forums, maybe just spare cheapies like Spirit Anakin, Ewoks, and a few other odds and ends.
In the long run, to play catch-up on the past few series of OT stuff, eBay will probably be your best bet... and you'll need some patience. With a new series released, everyone comes out of the woodwork to try to sell old stuff at inflated prices hoping to cash in on newbies.
Your best bet is to watch eBay and you should be able to find sets of the basic 6 from a series in the $40-60 range. This is the best option, because if you buy the cheapie singles for $5, chances are you;ll end up shelling out more than you want to for the lower ratio basic figures which are often only available in sets.
Also, take a bit to read through this thread, it's chocked full of good tips and what not on where/when to buy...