i figure i can't go wrong for 39 buckets, right?
Right on the money Dave.
First of all, you lost 39 bucks in the laundry last year in loose change (if you count what's in the couch), so this is an easy one.
I've owned Microtek and Epson. I used to LOVE Microtek, but know what? Epson makes their own scanners, and they're generally faster.
I personally like Microteks software better, and hopefully with your epson, you'll get the TwainPRO software.
But hell, even if you don't, I'd snap that baby up in a new york second.