I often see requests here for info regarding cheap slide scanners. Well, I might have stumbled on an alternative. The company is called Pacific Image Electronics, and their entry unit is an 1800dpi model that I have seen on the internet for less than $200. They will be at the CES in Vegas next month and I plan on checking-out their 3600dpi unit.
I have never heard of these guys before, so I am initially skeptical. BUT, you might want to take a look anyway. Here's their website: http://www.scanace.com/en/product/product.php
My slide scanner is getting tired and has started to make 'farting noises', thus I am in the market for a replacement myself.