Bought the next to cheapest Food Saver about 7 years ago and after heavy use the heating strip (sealer) burned out.
I think I paid about $75 for it at Tuesday Morning.
Will never EVER be able to match that price again after the cooking shows and rising food prices made buying in bulk and breaking it down for storage have made these small appliances so popular.
Really put it thru he77...grinding beef for 'burg and sausage...cooking huge hams and roasts and freezing meal size packages and MOST IMPORTANT....keeping our fishing catch nice and fresh (well sort of nothing beats enjoying the fillets from that day's catch that nite ).
I am starting the hunt today...my only rule is that it be a proven longtime work horse and priced within reason.
Oh and the rolls of storage plastic be a reasonable price also.