You can get by cheap! I purchased 150 rag decoys about 7 years ago and they work great when you don't have the budget for alot of shells. When my one buddy doesn't bring all his decoys along, we'll just use my rags and we get our share of birds. Of course we have a good location/field so that helps alot, but I've used the rags in other locations and they work quite well everywhere we've tried. The first time my buddy brought out the 50 rags that he bought, I laughed at him, thinking these geese are too smart to fall for a bunch of brown plastic bags. We got a pair to come in shortly after we set up, I thought "just got lucky with a couple of dumb geese". After the second flock of 100+ set their wings and dropped in, I changed my mind!