unless you have an endless amount of hills or parking garages near you, they're not worth it. im sure you want something that you will be able to cruise on and use for transportation, and freeboards are definately not what u want.
silverfishlongboarding.com and longboarddirectory.com have a lot of good links and resources so u might be able to narrow down your search a little, and find something in your budget
Why Can't We All Just Get A Longboard?
"Don't ask yourself what the world needs. As yourself what makes you come alive, and do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive