Being relatively new to the world of digital painting, I am currently tablet-less. I've gathered, through lurking in several forums like this one, that Wacom is the way to go. I've done some research on them and like what I see. Here's the question(s)....
First, how big do I REALLY need? Aside from the idea that "bigger is better," I'm under no misconception that I'm some sort of professional...because, well, I'm not. However, I would like to eventually achieve that title, so I figure I need a tablet....the old mouse just isn't giving me what I want. Is a 9x12 really necessary for a beginner? Would a 6x8 be okay? I must admit that I'm leaning towards the 9x12.
Secondly, where should I buy it? Wacom sells the 9x12's direct for $469. But, Newegg.com sells them for $399. Should I go for cheaper, or should I go for manufacturer direct? Or is there anywhere else you would recommend (don't say "eBay" because, despite all of the good that has come from it, I don't particularly trust individuals who don't have business licenses).
Thanks for the help.