There is a school of thought that offers this advice: Consider the value of things; not just their price.
I've both adhered to that advice and strayed from it - and in each of those cases, the validity of the advice is proven. A lot of things appear to be less expensive just because their price is lower.
As I read various reviews on the new Xiegu X6100 - the "poor man's IC-705" - I'm reminded of Sam Vimes' "Buy cheap, buy twice" metaphor:
Very briefly, a workman making $38 a week needed a pair of boots. A good pair cost $50; a mediocre pair cost $25. Over a 5 year period, the worker had to buy 4 pair of mediocre boots, whereas his wiser buddy bought the $50 pair only once.
The X6100 costs roughly half the price of an IC-705. Will that fact provide sustained consolation as you tune around on 40 meters, with a local AM broadcast station breaking through? At what point will that become irritating enough to cause regret in having bought the rig? Rhetorical questions...I'm amazed that people buy rigs such as this - unproven and from a manufacturer whose previous offerings contain often-unresolved bugs. I'm even more amazed that I almost became one of those people.
The X6100 looks good in those full-color ads. Seductive even, to those of us for whom radio has been a lifelong hobby. A cold shower cooled me down and this came in the form of reviews here and here (Byron's).
I'll go out on a limb and say this: Anyone who can afford an X6100 can also afford an IC-705...maybe just a bit later or with a bit more of a temporary sacrifice in other aspects of life.