Depends, in part, what you consider to be cheap.
2008 Menghai 7542 and the 2008 Menghai "Classic" Premium 801's are in the $15 + shipping from China range.
Cheaper still is the 8582 at roughly $10 plus shipping.
More expensive (but, IMHO, a very good value) is the 2008 Hai Lang Hao Star of Bu Lang, at $24 plus shipping.
With the exception of some more expensive bings ($30+), most decent 2008s are going to be in the $15-25 range, tho' you can probably find a decent bing for $10 or so. And most seasoned folk here will (rightly) advise that more money doesn't necessarily mean better pu-erh.
But probably the best way to ease into the waters is to purchase several samples, getting a feel for tree (plantation, wild, ancient), mountain (Bulang, Menghai, Mengsong ...) and processing (all one leaf type, blends).
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on Jan 28th, '09, 20:38, edited 1 time in total.