Originally Posted by Olympia
I'm not saying not to get one. :) If you feel totally ready then go for it! I'd love to see photos :) I think you should look on google for some bird rescues in your town or check the local humane society for a birdie. Pet store birds are usually not well socialized, plus you'd get the satisfaction of saving a homeless bird.
Pet store birds are always overpriced. Stores sell them for 2-3 times the cost of a healthy, well socialized one from a breeder. Check with a rescue (good way to know the personality of the bird you will be getting) or look for a reputable breeder. Pet store birds are also highly susceptible to highly contagious avian diseases since most of their stock comes from horrible bird mills and stores don't care enough to ensure they have disease free stock.
Good luck. Birds are amazing companions.