I purchased one at BJ's Wholesale Club about 5 years ago for $99. Been using it ever since. Keep in mind, though, that some ingredients, meat, fish, poultry, will have to be frozen after vacuum sealing. Frozen sealed meats will last many months without incurring freezer burn. Fresh vegetables will last about 10 times longer than those not vacuum sealed. The one I purchased had enough bags to last for years.