You don't necessarily need to buy from them. I offered their site because you'll get the most bang for your buck in terms of pre-bonsai material. Okay, now that you know what a pre-bonsai looks like, check out some other sites. You'll see images of little whips, barely seedlings, with no real pre-bonsai styling sold as "finished" bonsai for $30 or $40 or more. I would not necessarily go with that particular species as a first tree because they're slower growing than most other ficus (like F. benjamina and its cultivars). Shop around, just don't jump in and buy something because someone recommeded it. Read. THEN, make an educated choice. The trees in the 8" pots you see on Wigert's contain trees that, depotted, pruned, and repotted into 6" pots will look like some very, very well matured bonsai right off the bat. Also check e-bay, there are quite a few sellers there as well. I can tell you for sure, from looking last night that anything matured as well is going for $50+, many over $100. HOWEVER, many, many, first time bonsai enthusiasts DO go with commercial "bonsai". It's not that it's a truly horrible route to go. You CAN get a "bonsai" from, say, a home superstore for $20 or $30, already in cheap bonsai pots. And, this may work for you if you don't mind a tree that's not really been styled, or, at most, chopped off at the knees last year and allowed to sprout before sale, or one that is more of an artificially twisted I-don't-know-what than a bonsai in any traditional style. Just don't buy anything that's got rocks glued on top of the soil, nor anything that isn't already growing well. I have to also stress, again, that all you need to know about bonsai isn't going to be learned in this thread. Your first step, pre-purchase of a tree, should be a decent book.