20$ whips on ebay are a peice of junk, the core is uasualy a cheap straw or reed and has no belly or bolster, and a bad core will not be a good whip because it can easily break up.The best starter whips are from East Coast Whi(jim markell) or a nice cowhide bullwhip from lee keppler
(adventure supply) . Jim Has a good 8 plait indy meaning 8 strand roo hide bullwhip which is cheaper then his 12 plait because 8 is not as hard to do as a 12 and there fore is cheaper, it costs 140$ for a 8 footer which is very good. But the cheapest bullwhip to get if your on a budget and want it to last you through the learning stage of whipcracking (only thing its not quite like a indy cause its....well a black indy!)then go with lee kepplers whip which i have heard is nice and is only 90$ for a 8 footer. Lees whip may take up to a few months to, get to you because he travles the country stoping at gun shows and is always very busy. And on the other hand jims whip is roo (lees is cow which is cheaper) and its more expensive but he can make one to order for you in about 5 weeks, and lees is made from some place in texas.(but its still a great whip) Here are bolth of the links.
but keep in mind theres still a lot of places out there
to look that have great whips for maybe even cheaper.
Look at my site....i have done lots of work rounding up as many whip liks as i could find.
[Edited by IndyA on 08-31-2003 at 09:24 pm]