Just wanted to respond to the prior comments
1.) The VP-112 is not large or small. I have mine on a shelf above the washer/dryer in my kitchen.
2.) I buy the bags by the 1000, they come out to between 1 and 3 cents per bag.
3.) Regarding bag sizes, don't get anything below an 8" opening. 6" is a real PIA to get food into.
I think the VP 112 and 210 have the same pump.
I've had mine for over a year. We're all so luck that there is a decent chamber vac less than 1K.
I've had and have food saver clamps too. Still have one of the originals, still going strong. But its still just a toy compared to a chamber.
Thanks again for the info, all -- haven't decided yet, but this and the older threads have been very helpful.
If you really want to stick with this type of machine I'd consider the Pro305 which has a much better pump and runs around $275.
I just bought the vacmaster pro 140 from vacuum sealers unlimited. You can find a 10% code out there. They answered all of my questions and shipped promptly. I like the dual pumps and the dual heat seal much better than the FS.