When I make a kite to sell I of course only use top quality material but when I am experimenting with new designs I try to go as cheap as possible that way if I have to scrap the idea I don't loose much. Overtime I have found some cool cheap ways to get a kite in the air.
For sails I may use a plastic bag or tarp from Dollar Tree or once in a while I may find a fabric that is that is thin and light enough to fly at Wal-Mart on sale for 1.50 a yard.
For spars I use 36 in. bamboo fire skewers. Usually found in the camping section at Wal-Mart. You get ten in a bag for less than a dollar.
For connectors I use the ones you get in a pack of glow Sticks at Dollar Tree.
For line I use the braided bead string you find in the craft section. In the spring I have also found a variety of kite spools or winders at Dollar Tree.
For end caps I simply dip my spar ends in high temperature hot glue.
For Ferrules I simply take a pipe cutter and cut thin water line pipe I get from a hardware store.
So basically I can make a decent looking kite for about 5 dollars with parts to spare for the next one. I give most of these away once I am done with them.
Steve take a look at this kite. http://dynakite.corecommerce.com/Stunt-Foil-Kites/X-Kite-Stunt-Kites/
Well under your price limit at only $29.99. I have one and it's great for beginners. Fly's very well and is very well made. hollow tube Fiberglass frame. The lines and handle it come with are a little sad so I don't use them. This is the kite I let absolute beginners try. It can take big crashes with ease.
Thanks Exhult. I will definately look at some of those options. I like the fishing pole bag idea and need to research the cleanup bag more. Also I was in chatt the other night and dragon gave me links to plans to make my own. I will definately loon into that also and keep you all posted on my bag that I get or make.
Most useful bit of advice - look at the part you want to remain static. Visually stapling it to the sky so to speak.
In the case of a vertical tip pivot, the next most useful thing is to drive the whole kite forward an inch or two before initiating the pivot. The length of the drive depends on how much you want to hide it's existence.
In the case of horizontal tip pivots, gravity and momentum are your friend.