It would help if we had an idea of what you are wanting to use it for. I assume (ass-u-me) that you are wanting to turn something for a ecig mod. If that is the case, and you have a woodworking store nearby, ask if any turners take in work. A *LOT* of the pen turners do not use wood lathes, but metal ones, so they can carve anything. To be honest, my lathe is crude, which is why I will not sell it. I have had other turners make things in metals, ivory, bone, wood, plastics, stone... Well, you get the idea. It just was not cost effective to me to bugger my own.
On a similar note, I have seen second and third hand 'jewelers' lathes on craigslist, or ebay. Again, what are you wanting to do? That Harbor Freight is a good price, but I doubt a good unit.