I really like my Cameo.
I too, have read where some are having issues with the blade and tearing of the paper. I have not had any issues, but I have also been using a Cricut since they came out, which has helped me a lot to feel familiar with getting the settings
( pressure, blade depth, speed, size of cut ) right to where I don't have too many issues.
I like the machine, the software and their online files.
I am very happy with the machine and glad I bought it.
I didn't get any extras with mine, but I only paid $200. for mine.
The down side to that was that I had to wait 2 months for shipment. I like to save as much as I can and didn't "need" it right away, so I was ok with having to wait.
Hope you get what you are looking for!