I posted this over on NSBR but it occurred to me that maybe the photography people would know. Or maybe the scrapping board? I might try there also.
Anyway, I want a scanner for all my old photos, plus slides I have from back in the Dark Ages. And I don't want one horribly expensive. By "horribly expensive" I'd say that would be anything over $150 or so. Am I being unreasonable at that price?
You should be able to get a great scanner for that price. I am not going to recommend any specific one. I do lean toward canon products though. Their products have stood up to use and the customer service has been great. I once lost a cord in a move. When I contacted them about buying a replacement they sent me one free of charge even though the loss was totally my fault. I think as long as you go with a recognizable name in the electronics/imaging department you'll be happy with your purchase.
Look for one that can scan at a high dpi (I prefer to scan at 600-800 dpi) Most printers currently print at 300 dpi but I am hoping some day printers will be better so I look for a scanner that can handle high scan resolutions.
THe other thing that drives price is the programs that come with your scanner. I like a program that will recognize when there is more than one image on the bed and will separate it out to different files.