[b]I am a beginner knitter and have many "Stash Needles" (those I have not used but will come in handy for something down the road) ... I just bought my first pair of Addis in 5.0 mm/24 in and they are $19.95 in Canada where I live .... I am going to get a larger set of 8 mm because I am going to be doing a couple of shawls ... I think maybe it depends on what type yarn you are using them for .... I started out with a couple pair of metal Susan Bates and really don't find them a whole lot different except the cord of the Addis is MUCH more relaxed and you will never have to fight with it ... I never noticed if they are less pointed .. another thing about Addis is, if you are doing a large project and need a set of LARGE circulars (I can't remember the size but I think they are a 10), the cord is thicker than average so when your stitches slide down onto the cord, they don't reduce in size so you have to struggle to get them back up onto the needle .. THAT is a bonus. :hug:
The other needles that I really love are the Crystal Palace Bamboo circulars .. I have two pair of those and find them a happy medium between the plastic and the metal Addis/Susan Bates ... if I had my time back I would not have bought the cheaper plastic ones ..