Just an update from my original experience with overpriced power bars/surge protectors: I ended up finding some good info on this web site and wound up getting a 2 for 1 deal on an Ultra 10 Outlet Surge Protector with a 2520 Joule rating for 25.99 at Canadian online store. I gave the other one to my dad. This was way cheaper than anything I could have purchased in a regular store with comparable ones costing well over 100 dollars and up. There are lots of good replies in this thread. I hope more noobs manage to read and get well informed before they buy like I did.