Well, after a good night sleep (still getting over jetlag), I've got a lot of replies on this forum. Thank you for all the text! I'll just batch replie on what I read.
1. To start, though it was indeed a sales rep recommendation, but he also recommended me the Babyface Pro FS late last year and I'm getting a lot out of this box. This time, I'm looking for a mic that works well with the Babyface (XLR connection), is slim in profile, and able to handle everything from online meetings and lessons to voiceover and recording me speak. I need something that has a clean sound and low noise level. If there's some on-board EQ to make the functions versatile, that would be a huge plus. So I wouldn't say that we need to second guess his recommendations. But, I do need to be better credit / value-minded, as there may be things out there that would do a great job for less money, I just don't know where to look for them. I'm willing to spend less money if I can, but if I have to and there's no alternative, I'll swallow the pain.
2. Now regarding the microphone itself. From the videos I've heard of reviews and such, I like the sound very much. Also, it has a feature where I can have more sound for less gain (the mic preamp), which I like the thought of a lot. I'm looking for a microphone that is only sensitive to a certain point, and I'm afraid from what I read, the condensers can be a bit too much in sensitivity. So in this case, a dynamic microphone can be more dynamic in my context
3. I wonder what the impact is if I cut down the price of an XLR cable? Maybe both that and the boom arm can be slashed if we can't find a cheaper mic.
4. Above all this, I hope the things I buy are durable and last me for a long time. The FocusRite 4I4 3rd Gen did its job for a few years, but the volume knob cost me a few mailings to the repairs department, and the driver has been unstable before I upgraded to the Babyface. So now I feel, instead of buying something budget friendly and then having to fork out more to fix, it's best to buy something reliable and not having to worry about fixing for a while. Again, I feel the Babyface is my best purchase yet, because it's so durable.
So much for now. I look forward to hearing from you a bit more! If you can help me save a few more dollars, that would make my dad happy, haha.