An alternative solution would be to print your negs and scan the print. Then you could buy a cheaper scanner like the v500, and you would end up with nice contact prints or enlargements and lots of darkroom experience.
The epson refurbs are really a great deal. The 4990 runs about $250 and the v700 about $400.
I ended up buying a v700, but I havent used it yet because I am waiting on a new PC. And I am still suffering on sticker shock and wishing i had spent the $$$ on film and other equipment.