whatever you buy for less than $200 will be crap.
This is so not true. You can find plenty of great tripods for around $100. But, you have to realize it's not just the tripod, it's the head too.
For example, Dolica Proline tripods are built pretty good, and they are strong. I have one of the carbon fiber models, and am very happy with it. If you get one with a ball head, you will probably want to swap it for a stronger one. The ball head that came with mine was just enough to hold up my gripped bodies with the Sig 150-500mm, but only if I really tightened it down. I put a Cullman Magnesit 35Nm on the tripod, and it works like a charm. The ball head that came with the tripod is actually a nice one, but I prefer the better design and ability of the Cullman. I put the Dolica ball head on my monopod.
Depending on what you put on top of the Dolica ball head though, it could be more than enough. The tripod is definitely a good deal. I bought mine when it was on sale, and I paid $100 for it. I think otherwise the model I have was around $150 or so, still a good price. The only thing I had a problem with is the lock for the center column, it has a compression fitting for tension and wouldn't lock down tight enough to prevent the center column from spinning when trying to change heads. So I did what any mechanically-minded person would do, I drilled a hole through the center column and put a nail through the hole.
Of course, that was after I cut the center column down to allow the tripod to reach ground level. I did that for a few reasons. One reason is that I don't normally use the center column. If I need more height, I use my DynaTran tripod, since the center column on that is rock-solid no matter how much I extend it. The other reason is that I wanted to get the tripod lower for macro shooting.
But, long story short, Dolica Proline is a good tripod and it's not expensive. As Squiress posted, look at DynaTran too. Great tripods, basically knock-offs of the "name brand" tripods, but equally as tough. I love my 858, it's solid as a rock, and the only thing that's a drawback is the weight of it. Otherwise, it's strong, tough, and can be adjusted into many positions, just like the more expensive tripods.