Burton isn't anything special... they just market themselves well. There are much better board companies out there and if I were you I'd pick up almost anything from Rome, Lib Tech, GNU, Ride, K2, or Never Summer that you can find around your price range. I know Burton is a well-known name in snowboarding, but in all reality, there are better boards, for less money, with more tech than Burton. Of course, if you want to rock a Burton, I'm sure you can find one in your price range that is still a little newer.
I have to agree with this. I ride Burton gear because the board I have right now is everything I've ever wanted from a snowboard and I love it, but f#ck did I pay for it. I find their prices are a good $100+ than the competition when compairing quality. Where A lower end beginner board from another company may cost you $300, A Burton Bullit will cost you $400 before taxes. Yes, Burton is making some sick
sticks right now, but they'll cost you anywhere between $700 - $1000+ (not completely out of it, a CX costs $830 up here, but a Lib Tech dark Series will run you $799).
I won't shit on you like a handfull of others will on this forum if you want to ride Burton, just know Ride, NS, Rome, K2, Forum, Salomon, and Option (if you can find one) all make good boards and you won't be buying anything "lower" buy going with a different company.