Well there have been volumes written about this most vexing of questions for the newly interested kite flyer:
"What is the best cost effective way to get started and insure success?"
Many options are available that will work well. Consider this equation:Kiting success = Equipment X Flying conditions X Pilot ability
You must have all three at sufficient levels for good results. No exceptions. Let's look at each one briefly:Equipment
There are really cheap poorly made heavy kites designed to make someone money and ruin the experience of anyone who is suckered into buying one. Generally best to avoid these.
Any moderately priced kite recommended by the kite fanatics on this forum will do well. Many possibilities. The Prism Quantum you mention is an excellent choice. The kite must also be adjusted correctly and have good lines. The Quantum should do well on most all counts. Again, may good choices.Flying conditions
The best $500 kite available will not fly in the wind shadow of a tall building or in a small field surrounded by really tall trees. You must have smooth moderate winds for success. Think big open field with no obstructions around to disrupt the wind. A big open deserted beach with a smooth consistent breeze off the water is as close to perfect as you will find. In the wind feels bumpy and inconsistent, so will be your results.Pilot ability
You. Drive a car badly and you will crash. Ride a skateboard badly and you will crash. Fly an airplane badly and you will crash. Fly a kite badly and you will (you get the idea). Like driving a car, find an experienced flyer to help you learn the smooth movements needed to successfully fly a kite. You are the biggest variable of the three parts.
Keep it relaxed and fun. Mistakes, crashing, and breaking things are part of the fun. Laugh after each crash.
Equipment does not last forever and is best if worn out having fun.
Keep you hands below your shoulders and use small smooth controlled movements to steer the kite. Do not swing your arms wildly hoping to avoid a crash. Would you drive a car that way? With practice you will soon learn to anticipate what the kite is likely to do next.
The critical part is to stay with the learning process long enough until you learn to take off, fly around, and land successfully three times in a row. At that point you may even experience satisfaction.
Continue flying. Try new things and beat the snot out of that kite. Wear it out. Then its time for an upgrade Summary
Get a decent kite, find a big open field and a nice smooth wind, seek help at first, stay with it, keep it fun.
More people will chime in for sure.