If you are really in a tight budget... I have a HP scanjet 3400C /w driver and software disk. I used it maybe twice. It works great for everyday scanning. email me and I'll make a deal with you on it. I went with a all in one printer/scanner cause I needed a new printer. Now I don't have use for the stand alone scanner.
Which is also another option for you... if you are also in the market for a printer... I'd suggest an epson stylus all in one. Scanner/printer with lots of features. I think they run around 149.00
Having used many different scanners and printers , when it comes down to vaue and reliability, it would be difficult to better the HP family for scanners and Epson for printers.
I have the HP 3400C scanner currently also, although there are several low priced models from both manufacturer to suit the £40 ($60) bracket
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS