Is there such a thing as a lightweight four man tent? My friends are poorfags that can't afford anything of their own so basically I just buy and carry all the gear we need, which is why I would like it to be pretty light. Needs to be able to have myself and two friends with my pack and maybe their little jansport bags and shit. I'm in SoCal so it doesn't get all that incredibly cold, which means a three season should be fine if I even need that much. I guess my price range would preferably be around $250 or so if that's possible.
Anon seems like your friends don't worth your friendship. Get new ones and get rid of those poorfags dirty guys.
And are you all faggots who will engage in disgraceful sex during the night? Because sharing a tent with a bunch of men seems a bit way too friendly.
Seriously just have them buy the 30 dollar 2 person Walmart tent. It will last them a couple trips, and when it inevitably gets leaky or ruined, they'll appreciate the necessity for quality.
A lot of people have to learn things their own way. Another consideration is that they're not into this as much as you are. So the advice of getting new friends is not bad. Leave those friends as your pot smoking video game friends, and make some new /out/ friends. You'll enjoy it so much more if you can learn something instead of always being the teacher.
Coleman 4 person pop up tent. $100. It takes a nutless monkey to set it up. Bring a tarp to set on the ground before you literally throw the tent on it. I used it for a while, not bad. Then I spent too much on a macpac Olympus. Only because I can afford it.