I see no problem with paying for a nice started dog.
But i'd prefer an unstarted dog. I really enjoy doing foundation work and I've already had my starter dog to make stupid mistakes with. I mean geeze I went back to square one with her and started over with the clicker. She's so awesome and willing though, its been super fun!
I'm really more a young adult dog person than a puppy person, but they pick up SO much from their previous homes. I'd really enjoy the luxury of just starting from scratch next time. But never say never!
I didn't realize how much I'd done with my foster until I listed it all out for new momma. Omg that little dude got a real solid foundation before going to his new home, lol. They are having a lot of fun and have been working on his retrieve I guess. Apparently he likes bunnies more than balls. Funny little guy! LOL