So we decided to get a fakey and spend the money. Thinking it will last a long time and the money will be worth it in the long run. I had been looking at prices of different options on-line. So I found the most and best prices at Home Depot. We went there and a bunch were on sale! Well the one we wanted was 50$ off. So then it just happened to be the last one available! So we offered to take the display... 20% off! Plus they took something else off at the register... We got over 100$ off! It was about 249$ to start and we paid 143$! We were thrilled because we were looking at ones that price and they were much smaller and were made of that papery feeling needles. These feel sorta real. It is pre-lit and actually beautiful, 7.5 feet tall. So if you go to Home Depot and look for one of the last ones you will get a really good deal!!! They are all going on sale right now any way. The sales lady said they were marking them down further this weekend. They had a huge variety of prices as well and sizes.