It is not too hard to buy a cheap drafting chair, as long as you are not stuck on a particular brand name or style. You can buy a higher end brand name drafting chair, you do not need to spend more money to get that. Some of the more affordable brand names of drafting chairs in the market which are cheapest and there you will find a new leather chair of this sort. Most of the companies also make regular styles that cost under a hundred dollars.
You can opt for a used drafting chair instead of buying one new. Often you can find very good brand names of used chairs for sale on sites. Another good place to check is your hometown newspaper’s classifieds. If you find one that sounds interesting, or that looks like it is in good condition in the photo, then call the seller and make an appointment to go and see it in person. You should never rely on the description or photograph alone when buying used furniture of any kind. Of course, it is not possible to see the chair in person if you are shopping on eBay, but if it is at all possible to see the chair in person then you should. While it may be cheap, it could also be broken or in bad condition and you cannot get a refund on products you buy used from an individual.
Another thing to keep in mind is that often you can bargain the price down a bit if you are buying from an individual seller. While there is a price quoted in the classified ad, no matter where it is posted, often the seller will be willing to go down a bit on the price if he or she has been trying to sell the item for a long time.