The Silhouette Cameo is often on sale for 269.99. It will usually come with a download card and 50? free images to cut.
If you watch for sales it can be less. I would think the closer we get to the holidays there might be sales on the Silhouette and the Eclips. There is a smaller Silhouette called the Portrait that is around 179.00.
I have both a Cricut Expression and the Silhouette Cameo. Even with numerous cartridges, I still use the Silhouette most of the time. It really is user friendly.
There is a picture of both Silhouettes here:
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