I cant say anything because I got a bargain for my A1200, but I think its a fine price..
about using a TV card, I do not recommend it, it looks like poop. I also have a BT848 based capturecard, and I dont like it. You are much better connecting it thru Composite to a TV, or better yet, using SCART with a SCART TV.
I am using your methiod right now and I already got sick of it :P I want my 1084 fixed!