I am a fan of the Cuttlebug. I don't think I can ever justify over 3 hundred dollars for the Big shot pro. Plus I bet the large embossing folders or dies will be pretty costly. I do cards, not scrapbooks so maybe that is why the CB is plenty for me.
I have never seen the pro at any local store, only online. There has been some very good deals for it lately though. Joann's carrys it. Not sure if you can use a coupon or not. The prices I have seen are no where close to $300....well, well under it!!! And the dies are coming down now, several stores have them clearanced. sizzix.com has some for sale all the time. I can't wait until the 12X12 folders come out! Not sure on the price on those yet.