Good cheap pepper mill?
And where to find it...
Peugeot makes excellent pepper mills (I have a couple including one that must be at least 50 years old. The newer ones are as well made as the older ones.) From a quick Google search, it seems prices have jumped a bit in the past few years but this looks like a good deal, though I've never done business with the company: http://www.chefsresource.com/toulp.html
http://tinyurl.com/kyxlogz OXO Good Grips® Pepper Grinder
$21.99 at Bed Bath Beyond. This works fine. I know you can spend a lot more, but why would you?
http://tinyurl.com/8p96l Penzey's peppermills.
Penzeys carries mills that work with their super large peppercorns. More expensive, but I imagine good.
You don't have to spend hundreds, but if you drop some dough on a good one, it will more than pay for itself.
I spent $30 on a grinder at Williams-Sonoma, and my ex was ready to send me to have my head examined.
More than 30 years later, I still have the grinder (don't have the ex!), and it's still grinding pepper every single day. Annual cost? less than the grocery-store models.