What kind of tablet did you have? I've been without a tablet for about a year now (I used to have a first generation Intuos, but I lost the pen and they're apparently incredibly hard to replace now), didn't have the money to buy one of those $300 Intuos4 tablets. I bought a cheap Monoprice tablet ($40) last week and it's been working perfectly for me so far. The drivers aren't exactly conducive to plug-and-play but I've managed so far. I definitely suggest it if you're tight on money and wanting to do digital artwork.
And I'd like to get a full-body traditional commission, too. I'll pay 20$, to cover shipping. I'll send you a note with details on what I want, if this offer is still open.