@David in FL you have me halfway convinced, might pick up an el cheapo to try out next season. My chipping is pretty decent, although I mostly pitch now, but considering that you can usually find a chipper for $20 I may give it a go and see if it finds a place in my bag.
I'm not surprised.
Don't go too "cheap"......it's going to get a lot of use. There are some good ones out there.......and even the good ones can be had inexpensively if you look. Check out the Odyssey. And PLEASE take the time to practice with it. Too many people who do try one just throw it in the bag and give it a half-assed test. It's a specialty club, and a damned useful one, but it's not magic and you still need to learn how to get the most out of it.