Those hackle packs are exactly what I was referring to. A great value, great hackle in small affordable packages. My reference to the cheap capes is aimed mostly at the crummy indian necks they sell at cabelas and in other catalogs, and is also what they often stick in those "everything in a box" kits. I've been buying Whiting for so long that I have a good stockpile and haven't purchased a cape in a couple of years. I have no firsthand experience with the good low cost capes you speak of, but I'll be looking for them!
I have a few S&M bobbins and my preference is totally with the Rite bobbin with the insert and adjutable tension. Better is better, period. I know this is all a matter of preference. I just think they're the most user friendly.