I have had a VP215 for 10 years and it has paid for itself from buying multiple food savers and rolls. The product sealed in the chamber sealed bags will last for years and you can seal liquid products. When I make brats I need to freeze them prior to bagging or it will push meat out of the casing and the skinless brats will mash flat if not frozen. It really works great for putting up sweet corn, since the juice is not pulled out of the bag during the sealing process. If you found one for under a grand it is a good deal. I keep mine on a cart that has storage underneath for boxes of bags.