You should keep searching sir.
It's unfortunate that Mr. Pythagoras kind of funneled you into some poor advice.
- I don't see how suggesting those two sites is "funneling". Ebay carries a pretty decent selection I think... I might be wrong... and so does Sierrasnowboard. I didn't recommend Lamar, Palmer, etc; those are the boards that are in his price range and so he picked them himself. All of the brands you suggested (Burton, O-matic, Never Summer, Arbor, K2, Ride, and Salomon) are on sierrasnowboard except for maybe 1 or 2 (o-matic and never summer) but they might have them in 09 models i'm not sure.
If you check the sites that loug suggested, you'll realize that the only boards under $200 are kids' boards or women's boards or even worse boards. I agree with you on whiskeymilitia, but not everyone has time for that and a board in the $150-199 range is still hard to find even there.
The first thing is stay away from eBay. That's a good way to end up buying a picture of a snowboard, or a beaten snowboard, or a defective snowboard with a voided warranty, etc.
With the nature of Ebay, of course you have to be wary and you have to be careful. Just don't be stupid if you want to buy something there and only pick reputable sellers, and make sure you read about what you're buying. I, personally, don't shop Ebay often, but I know people who do and love it, and that is where you're also going to get the best deals. And also, the 30% cashback offer with live.com, I'm pretty sure are only sellers approved by the live cashback program/search engine. LIKE I SAID, i think that it's a hassle, but if you're looking for cheap you may want to go that route.
My friend got a k2 darkstar 07 last year for $150, and my other friend got a k2 www for 100 something I'm not exactly sure but I think it was under $150. I forget what year but it's the one with whacky heads on it. He also got a k2 zeppelin there i'm not sure on price, and they also get their bindings and boots there cheap. They also got a lib tech mc kink 08 last year for me off ebay.
Another site that sells 08 boards is valuesports.com. It's also no s&h and no tax and they deliver pretty fast and i'm on the east coast (they are in cali i think). My friend just got a k2 darkstar '08 from them. A little funneling disclaimer is that they mainly sell 08 boards so their selection is not all that huge and they are slightly less reduced prices than sierra. My friend just got a K2 podium from sierra by the way.