I just bought this a few days ago as I have a Pic Pixie living in my house who steals my pics as soon as I place them down and I'm getting a bit cheesed off having to replace them every couple of weeks. I'm also a bit heavy with them and I tend to wreck them fairly often. I was a bit sceptical about this Pic making thing to be honest but thought I'd give it ago and return it if if it was rubbish (Amazon are pretty good with that sort of thing) I ordered it on Sat. And it arrived the following Tues. (yesterday) First thing I notice is how it has a good heavy feel to it, very solid build ( reminds me of a heavy duty stapler) I dug out a stack of of expired Credit cards and Gift cards etc and put it to work. Position card and push the top just like a Stapler and out pops a pic from the bottom. It gave quite a satisfing 'Crunch' as it punched out the pic, the spring returning it to the punch position easy and with little effort. A quick brush up on the tip of the pic with one of my wife's nail boards to form a graduated tip and I had a very amiable and quite usable plectrum. All in all I have now produced about 30 pics (The Pic Pixie must like them also as he/She has already nabbed a few!). All in all it's a good, solid robust tool that seems capable of producing a great many pics without any problem which is a good job really because at the rate I go through them it's going to get a great deal of use! I can't compare it to other cheaper Pic makers unfortunately as this is the first one I have ever seen or used. But I can highly recommend this one just on its build quality and how good the pics are that it produces. All I've got to go on really.