Try keeping in mind that even if a drawing looks bad for starters in a new medium, it's not going to look shitty forever and the thing standing between a decent drawing and a shitty one is practice, so you might as well start now.
Alternatively, you could try different types of pencils which are harder to erase, like drawing with colored pencils (which also don't smudge as easily as graphite) to ease yourself into pencils.
As for cheaper markers, you can look on AliExpress for alcohol markers. I had a cheapy set before investing in Copics and they worked fine on getting me started. If I didn't have Copics nowadays I'd be buying Master Markers because they are pretty cheap for brush pen markers.
While it's true that those tools don't have a skill requirement as the other anon said, I wouldn't necessarily dive right into some expensive markers/tools unless you have a lot of spare money (and confidence) because it can mean you'll end up not using them much in fear of "wasting" the supplies. Copics really are pretty expensive for a non-archival medium.