I had the Slice on my Christmas list, my mother got me the Cricut instead, because she wanted to get me something better. After looking at the cost of cartridges for the Cricut, I asked her if she minded if I exchanged it. For the cost of the Cricut, I got the Slice, the storage shelf for it, and the Basics 2 card. I played with it today, and all I can say is wow! I am certain I made the right choice, I love this little machine!