My first laser was from a local gunshow. It was a "50mw". Now mind you this was the laser that brought me here. I was curious about more power. So I came here. Learned to pot mod. I have no idea what the real power was. But it could smoke black plastic in less than ten seconds. It cost me fifty even. And it was a diode type host with a wrist strap.
My first laser was a pointer I purchased from Office Depot when I was in 7th or 8th grade...so roughly 2004. My first REAL lasers I actually purchased together. They were Rayfoss Waterproof lasers, 50mW 532nm and 200mW 660nm. I paid 40 dollars and 90 dollars respectively.
Advertised, of course, 5mw on Ebay. The beamshot pictures got me, along with a $22 price tag. I still have it, and works great! Used it this past weekend, as a matter of fact.
I later got curious about the actual power out, and found this website. Oh... the memories!
EDIT: I am incorrect!!!!! I found a red laser pen when I was in the military. It had two buttons. One for steady on, one to strobe at half-second intervals. I wish I knew where that thing went... Radio Shack brand, if I remember correctly.
My first laser was a 30-50mW green one in a pen style host with a star effect cap
I bought it in walking street in Pattaya city Thailand for only 7,30euro ^^
Sadly it broke a few days after i got back in holland
But my girlfriend was nice enough to send me 2 replacements which i still have now ^^
I bought the laser last april so you could say i am very new to lasers