I go with a different philosophy. As I have gotten older I learned to spend a little more up front to save in the long run. 3 areas i find it better to buy quality name brand products with actual customer support is radios, servos and chargers.
For a radio I would recommend a Spektrum DX5C or DX5 Rugged. They are very good, reliable radios and if there is a problem you can send in to be repaired. I still have a 10 year old DX3R I use with my bashers and vintage cars I do not drive much. The roller wheel went a little funky on it this year, I called Spektrum and they sent me a new switch assembly to replace it at no charge. If I sent it to them for repair they estimated cost at 25.00 plus shipping. Standard 2 channel receivers are around 30.00 each, fairly small and I have not had any issues with them. I have a fly sky, and did not like it at all. It did not "feel" good in my hand, response was slow, and it was not as easy to program.
For servos I tend to use Savox with my faster and my crawlers. Nothing is more frustrating than to pop a servo and have to pack up early. Savox also has a cheaper line, they run 30-40 for a metal geared servo. I do not use plastic geared servos any more, would rather pay a little more up front than having to deal with replacing servo gears. Hitec also make a good updated line of servos with a 25 tooth spline, same as Futaba. I have tried some of the cheap servos and they did not meet their advertised specs, do not center well, and I have a couple that are loud and get a little bit warm.
For chargers, I still think the best beginner charger is the Hitec RDX1. Costs around 70.00. It will charge pretty much any battery being used in the rc world now. They have excellent customer service and have the capability to repair their products.
Sorry this is so long, I like to share a different perspective.