After converting Monkey's bed, we decided we aren't buying a convertible crib for New Bean, too. When it comes time to put him in a big bed, his bedroom just does not have the space for a full sized bed, dresser and place for a kid to play on their own (not that Monkey's room is very big, but it is bigger than New Bean's). So we'll get a twin bed when it's time to move him out of a crib.
I've been looking online at Target and Baby Depot (Babies R Us is just too far from us and we [I] refuse to pay shipping if we don't have to). If I'm buying new, I want a black crib this time. And the cheapest I've found is $150, has poor reviews online with Target and is still a convertible! The next cheapest is $220, has better reviews with Target customers, but, you guessed it, is also a convertible. And, honestly, that's not much cheaper than we paid for Monkey's crib/bed. There are only a total of 5 cribs on the Baby Depot website.
I've taken to scouring craigslist. I'm just not sure how comfortable I am buying a used crib from someone I don't know.
I do know I can research brands online to make sure I'm not about to buy a recalled crib. I'm still not sure how I feel about it, though.