I wasn't sure I'd ever do it but I made a decision to purchase the Silhouette Portrait.
I ordered it Friday from U.S. Cutter -- that's 11/23/12. And it came TODAY.
It was $179 and I added the carrying tote that accommodates my laptop as well, and shipping was ONLY $9!
Amazing service. Now to find the time to use it
Silhouette Portrait Cutter