In my not-that-recent career managing datacenters I got lots of good use out of HP Procurve managed switches. My limited experience with the mass market stuff was less than flawless. That was then, this is now.
I'm doing some wiring for non-profit organizations. 12 and 24 port switches are what I need and see that on ebay HP Procurve 10/100 switches (lifetime warranty) sell for half or less what a mass market brand sell for new.
What am I missing? Maybe standard VLAN capability (which I've have never used and don't see a need for right now.)