Welcome to the forum sir, first and foremost
We're all like-minded folk here and love our chips, and I'd like to share my thoughts on your original question.
The prices of Paulsons are really subjective first to what it is you want out of them, be it for tournaments or cash games. Then figure out how many players you will typically be hosting. With a budget of $2K, you can definitely build or buy a completed set of some type of Paulson's set.
The best thing to do is spend a small amount of the budget on some samples. Get a feel for different types. Maybe try out some hybrids, ceramics, and plastic. Plastic is the new craze it seems, but I can't stand it. **So I'd recommend sticking to Paulsons or CPC ( www.classicpokerchips.com
) This is just my opinion.**
You can buy and sell most of your needs and wants right here in the Classifieds section of the site. eBay can be a great source of deals when you manage to unearth them, but better to do a bit of learning here to understand what the prices ought to be. Don't get screwed by some eBay seller who won't give a damn if you are happy or sad with your purchase. The sellers here are going to care
(they should anyways)
As far as prices of Paulsons, man, the range is mentally exhausting and will likely blow your mind. I'm a total newbie around PCF. I've been here for 15 months now. I'm an active user although I am in financial ruin. Haha. That's a mild joke, but I have spent too much and I'm back in rehab for a long while. That said, I've got Paulsons that were as little as $1.50 each all the way to $30 single chips. I've got barrels of chips that cost $400 ($20/chip) and everything else in between.
It's all subjective to what you want, how many you need, for the games you will want to spread etc.
You can always drop me a PM and I love to try to help in any way I can. I host games as well. I have cash and Tournament Paulsons sets. 1 single CPC set. I'm not anywhere near the level of the senior members around here, but I've been a quick study of this place.
Most of all, enjoy the site, the community, and watch your budget. It can get blurry REAL DAM FAST!