WEN is running a sale on this mini lathe for $115. shipping is free. surprisingly, i wasn't charged any tax on the transaction despite being in a taxable state.
this model (3420T) appears to be a weaker model featuring a 2A motor, while a more powerful model (3421) is available for $160 with a 3.2A motor. i went for the cheaper one.
This thing is probably too small for any serious woodworking but good for a hobbyist or a homeowner that needs some minor wood turning work.