Ha! I was dreading the thought of getting a new scanner, and for the same reason: the one I have cost something in the $300-$400 range (and that was the lowest model in the Fujitsu lineup.)
Surprised and happy to hear that the cost of a replacment will be much less. Hopefully that will apply to the type of scanner I need: multisheet and scan to .pdf.
As far as getting Fujitsu to make a Win7 driver goes, they seem to be difficult to deal with and have not even made a Vista driver for this discontinued model. I think they too are trying to encourage people to buy new.