Thanks for all the input, ladies. My Chromatix markers are due to arrive today, so I'll let you know how I like them. I saw the Spectrum Noir markers on sale at A.C. Moore for $7.99/pack, which I think is a great price. They also had the Chromatix singles for $3.49 each. Definitely better than Copics, which are way too expensive for my budget - and going up in price.