Hey, I just got a DVD-Rom for $30. ; )
And considering I can play PSX 1 games on my computer at 100% speed, I guess there's no reason for me to ever get a PS2, well not until it actually gets some games I'm interested in and goes down in price.
I'd probably get a DC first, it just has more games available and it is far more reasonable cost-wise. Good points made above on this topic.